- Jun 8, 2009
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- People's Republic of NJ
?Spit Assault? Gets N.Y. Bus Drivers Months Of Paid Leave | Judicial WatchIn a bizarre example of government waste, a major U.S. city with a $400 million transit budget shortfall allows public bus drivers to take months of paid leave every time a rider spits on them.
Thanks to a contract negotiated by the New York City bus drivers powerful union, spitting is considered an assault even though the state penal code doesnt classify it that way. This has allowed dozens of city bus drivers to take an average of more than two months paid leave each time they get spit on by a disgruntled passenger.
In some cases drivers have taken more than half a year off with pay over a spitting incident. This is possible because their contract allows them to take unlimited assault time with full pay. When a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver reports a spitting incident, an agency team responds to the scene as if it were a dire emergency.
About one-third of the 153 assaults on New York City bus drivers last year involved spitting. Fifty one drivers took an average of 64 paid days off after suffering saliva assault.
Gee whiz. I wonder how many cops and teachers are victims of spit assaults each year. Here's an idea. Instead of giving the bus drivers "spit time" maybe they should change the penal code and arrest the disgusting assailants?
How much spit time does your employer offer?