'Scared for their lives,' Detroit bus drivers refuse to work

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Bus drivers in the city of Detroit halted public transport on Friday, as they refused to take the wheel without support from law enforcement, local media reported.

A representative for Mayor Dave Bing, told NBC station WDIV-TV that the drivers showed up for work, but declined to start out on their routes. The Detroit Free Press reported the group numbered about 100.

The mayor’s office said Bing planned to hold a press conference at 2 p.m. EDT to announce a deal with the drivers, the Free Press reported.

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WDIV reported that the walkout comes on the heels of the beating of one of the city’s drivers. The Thursday attack, which was caught on tape, stoked concern among the other bus operators, the WDIV report said.

Henry Gaffney, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26, which represents the drivers, told the Free Press he’s scheduled to meet with the mayor and other officials later Friday.

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