CCTA Strike, How Healthcare Workers are Holding Up

Published 03/21 2014 06:18PM

Updated 03/21 2014 06:56PM

BURLINGTON, Vt.- With a CCTA bus driver strike still underway, some health care workers say travel has been challenging.

"I was trying to figure out how I was going to get here," says Emily Kreiner, a nursing assistant at Fletcher Allen.  "I ended up calling a cab company and they were a half hour late, so I was late to work today."

Kreiner lives in Winooski, which is a half hour walk from Fletcher Allen Health Care.

"You're on your legs for twelve, thirteen hours," says Kreiner.  "Walking to and from work is hard."

Fletcher Allen employs 7,500 people in locations across the region.  While some workers and patients do rely on CCTA buses, hospital officials say it could be worse.

"I'm not saying it's not challenging, but our staff has been proactive in planning alternate transportation," says Fletcher Allen Vice President Dawn LeBarron.

LeBarron says Go! Vermont and Capma have been diligent carpool companies.

"That ride matching service tries to hook-up people wherever they are," says LeBarron.

CCTA and the Teamsters Union are set to meet again on Saturday.

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