After increase in assaults, bus union pushes for protective shields for Transpo drivers

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After increase in assaults, bus union pushes for protective shields for Transpo drivers

Pointing to an increase in assaults on OC Transpo workers this year, bus drivers are renewing their call for protective shields.

Clint Crabtree, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279, said Transpo has notified him of more than 100 assaults so far in 2017, compared to 87 assaults in 2016.

“I am at the point where I just feel it’s unacceptable,” Crabtree said in an interview. “People need to be going home to their families without being assaulted at work.”

The answer, he said, must be physically separating drivers from passengers.

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