RTA says it will follow proper procedure with fired driver

WDTN Photo/Adam Schrand
WDTN Photo/Adam Schrand

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A fired RTA bus driver and the labor union that represents her appealed to the transit company to get her job back.

Until June of this year, Dell Aydelott was a driver for RTA and had been so for 12 years. She was terminated after leaving her bus to chase a rider who she says accosted on the job.

Tuesday, she and representatives from Local 1385, Amalgamate Transit Union made an appeal at an RTA board meeting.

According to the RTA report, Aydelott was fired because the company says her actions were not in the best interest of an RTA employee and for committing an act of violence on the job when she snatched the man’s shirt.

She says after asking the man to leave her bus when he would not pay a 25 cent transfer fare, he grabbed her breast. She left the bus, she says to chase him. That conduct, RTA says is not in the best interest of the company.

RTA says the company will follow proper arbitration procedure.

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