Chuck Cohen petition: Union calling for the resignation of Palm Tran executive director Cohen


After several complaints, a union representing transit workers is calling for the resignation of Palm Trans executive director Chuck Cohen. 

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) rep Dwight Mattingly will take a petition with 1,000 signatures to county administrator Robert Weisman Thursday and ask for Cohen's removal. 

The petition states that Cohen is refusing to protect bus operators and not commit to working with the union on safety and health issues.

Dozens of Palm Tran Connection customers and workers have complained since Metro Mobility Management Group took over service last year, citing transit service was either late and bus trips were too long or drivers wouldn't show. 

County commissioner Shelly Vana said her office continues to receive complaints after the company went on probation in February. 

She said MMMG has until July 15 to comply with violations and load buses with GPS systems so they'll know where drivers are and what time they arrive. 

Cohen said he knew about the petition, but didn't know why the union was asking for his resignation. 

County staff told commissioners that MMMG now has a 95% percent on time rating since changes were made in February. 

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