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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 20:17

Hail Is Complicating Bus Repairs, but Not in the Way You Might Think

Written by Nathaniel Minor, Colorado Public Radio
Steve Gieske, RTD's general superintendent of maintenance for bus operations, stands next to a bus under repair at RTD's maintenance facility in north Denver on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Steve Gieske, RTD's general superintendent of maintenance for bus operations, stands next to a bus under repair at RTD's maintenance facility in north Denver on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Kevin J. Beaty / Denverite

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Justin Gragert, a former union steward at the ATU Local 1001 and an RTD mechanic of 12 years, said there’s another reason the shortage exists: marijuana.

 

“This industry is known, between mechanics and body shop, for people liking to smoke pot,” he said.

 

While cannabis consumption is legal in the state, an RTD spokeswoman said the agency observes federal rules and bans employees from using it. That means in private shops, workers have fewer restrictions and make more money. Gragert said RTD should address the pay gap.

 

Gragert said he’s been tempted by the private sector before. But mechanic work, much like auto body work, can fluctuate with the season. With a family at home, he said the stability RTD offers is worth the sacrifice.

 

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