Orlando’s Lynx Board Chairman wins 2011 Scrooge of the Year!
Could you imagine having to leave 3 hours early for work just so you could be on time? Lynx transit riders do. Or, having to work 8 hours straight without a bathroom break? Lynx bus drivers do.
While Lynx’s ridership is growing, the bus service in Central Florida is becoming less sustainable. A dedicated funding source is needed so services can improve with more routes, better timing and good transit jobs. It is up to the elected officials on Lynx board to make dedicated funding a reality in their respective commissions. This is been an ongoing struggle for years and now that Sun rail is coming, we must send a clear message that bus funding cannot be left behind.
In January, members of the JwJ Scrooge Election committee delivered the 2011 Scrooge of the year Award to Lynx Board Chairman, Carlton Henley. As chair of board, Commissioner Henley has avoided paying bus drivers better wages and advocating for more funding for public transit. He has been an advocate for privatization of services and running the bus service off the backs of working people.
Moving forward, Central Florida Jobs with Justice will be hitting the streets mobilizing transit riders, community and labor organizations and working class communities to come together to address the systemic inequalities in our bus services. The time is now where workers and their communities must organize around improving the public transit system.