From the NY Post:
A cash-filled clause in their union contract has some city bus drivers singing in the rain.
An arcane rule in the contract between the MTA and TWU Local 100 mandates that five bus drivers be added to the Rockaway Beach-bound Q53 route every weekend in July and August -- rain or shine -- sources said.
That's just to keep them on duty in case they are needed for extra buses to transport beachgoers, sources said.
So it could be pouring rain, a lightning storm, even hurricane winds -- and the drivers are still paid to "work," although they actually would be sitting in a room at the La Guardia Depot because they wouldn't be needed, one source said.
The drivers are guaranteed at least three hours of time-and-a-half overtime for the job, whether they are used or not.
"This type of work rule makes it very difficult to utilize our employees and taxpayer dollars as efficiently as possible," said MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin.
The provision was actually negotiated before the MTA took over the line from a private group called Triboro Coach Corp. in 2006.