Counseling Required for Drunk Bus Driver

What's the appropriate punishment for an Albuquerque bus driver who comes to work drunk? Paid leave, natch.

The city says ideally it would like to fire the driver, but under current union contracts, employees who violate the city’s substance abuse policy on a first offense are given a second chance with the condition of counseling.

“What we have tried to do is take discipline and terminate these employees. Unfortunately, they’ve hidden behind their union contracts and the protections contained herein and they make it very difficult to do what the public wants, which is to fire them,” Perry said.