Detroit bus drivers paid to do nothing

As many as 100 bus drivers for the Detroit Department of Transportation aren't being paid an average of $12 an hour to sit around and do nothing. They're being paid $12 an hour to sit around and watch TV, play cards and read newspapers.

That's right, as the Detroit Free Press reports this morning, with hundreds of buses sitting idle awaiting repair, their drivers also sit idle, watching TV, playing cards or chatting with one another until their shifts end or a bus becomes available. The cash-strapped-and-teetering-on-the-brink-of-bankruptcy city has shelled out $2.1 million in overtime to bus drivers in the last 3 1/2 months.

With about half of the fleet broken down, the city is about 100 buses short of what is needed to keep the routes on time, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said.

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