HR Strange But True!
November 01, 2002
We all know that HR is never boring. But sometimes, it can also get downright strange...

The Chicago Transit Authority has suspended driver William A. Dorsey without pay for refusing to put a bus he deemed "nasty and filthy and unhealthy" on the street.

"I told a supervisor that the bus was nasty, I had him come and look at it," Dorsey, a 27-year CTA veteran, told the Chicago Sun-Times."I said, 'I'm not taking it out, it's too dirty.'" Part of the bus had what appeared to be dried-up vomit.

The supervisor "had a maintenance lady push a broom across the floor," Dorsey told the newspaper, adding the sweeping did not do much to improve the appearance. "I told him I wasn't taking it out, that it's disrespectful for the passenger riding the bus, the person paying your salary."

Dorsey met more supervisors and was ordered to put the bus into service, the Sun-Times reports. He refused and was suspended.

A CTA spokeswoman not only insisted that the bus was clean enough to accept riders, but she took issue with Dorsey's claim of vomit. Noting he recently lost a bid to keep a leadership post in the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241, she suggested he had other motives.

"If there was an incident that day, it wasn't about the cleanliness because the bus was clean," CTA spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler told the Sun-Times. She declined to speculate what an ulterior motive might be.

Dorsey, 51, countered: "I was complaining about the buses before I was a union rep. I'm an advocate for better transit. I don't have an ulterior motive." In 1985, Dorsey received a written commendation for taking it upon himself to clean a dirty bus he'd been assigned. A supervisor urged him to "continue the good work, it's not going unnoticed."

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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