Jennifer Kepler 
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Re: “Bus Strike Opinion: The Ghost of Transit Past Has Become the Nightmare of Transit Present

I posted this in the comments section of last week's article regarding the bus strike, but I am re-posting it here, so that anyone who is on either side of the argument (for the drivers, or for the riders), can have the perspective of another person who is being severely affected by the strike. I am probably only one of a number of people in Tucson and its vicinity who are being somewhat more than "inconvenienced" by the strike, and I would dearly prefer that the Teamsters, the transit management company, and the mayor and city council, think of us, the RIDERS, whose lives they are, in some cases, destroying.

Due to the bus strike, I have been unable to look for work as a temporary employee because I would not be able to travel to most work locations. Upcoming major surgery that should not be postponed will sideline me for a couple of months, so no employer will presently hire me full-time. Although friends have been able to help somewhat, I have no right to expect them to be able to do so for that entire length of time. Therefore, to me, the cost to me of this bus strike is that I am very likely to become homeless--I am a UA student, so I have no short-term disability to rely on , and I am old enough to have outlived my immediate family, so there is no help there. The homeless shelters are full. Even if I could find a place to stay, I would be on the streets during the day, and the surgical incision could become infected, or septic, if I am unable to keep it cleaned properly; homelessness is not known for being the most hygienic of living conditions. I know that not a few of those who read this will sneer or have some sarcastic answer to my comment, but please understand--the cost of this strike may not just be unemployment for a considerable number of people, and homeless for a percentage of those, but also up to and possibly including the lives of some of the people who are being affected by it.

Perhaps the mayor and council members, the drivers, and the Teamsters union, are unmoved because they themselves are not in such straits.

Also, those security conditions that the bus drivers are concerned about? Well, those situations are also an ongoing concern for the riders.

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Posted by Jennifer Kepler on 09/09/2015 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Bus Strike: City Denies Sun Tran 'Replacement Employees' Ads, Ensures (Again) It Cannot Intervene

Due to the bus strike, I have been unable to look for work as a temporary employee because I would not be able to travel to most work locations. Upcoming major surgery that should not be postponed will sideline me for a couple of months, so no employer will presently hire me full-time. Although friends have been able to help somewhat, I have no right to expect them to be able to do so for that entire length of time. Therefore, to me, the cost to me of this bus strike is that I am very likely to become homeless--I am a UA student, so I have no short-term disability to rely on , and I am old enough to have outlived my immediate family, so there is no help there. The homeless shelters are full. Even if I could find a place to stay, I would be on the streets during the day, and the surgical incision could become infected, or septic, if I am unable to keep it cleaned properly; homelessness is not known for being the most hygienic of living conditions. I know that not a few of those who read this will sneer or have some sarcastic answer to my comment, but please understand--the cost of this strike may not just be unemployment for a considerable number of people, and homeless for a percentage of those, but also up to and possibly including the lives of some of the people who are being affected by it.

Also, those security conditions that the bus drivers are concerned about? Well, those situations are also an ongoing concern for the riders.

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Posted by Jennifer Kepler on 09/09/2015 at 2:44 PM

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