I will start out by saying the most blame needs to go to the elected officials who decided it was a good idea to contract out the bus services to for profit corporations. PUBLIC transportation SHOULD NOT BE A FOR PROFIT ENTERPRISE! The problem is corporations all bid low in order to get the contract, then once they win the contract they realize that the bid was very low and their profits are going to be tiny, therefore because a corporations ONLY purpose is to MAXIMIZE PROFITS WITHOUT REGARD FOR ANYTHING ELSE, SUCH AS SOCIETY, they decide the only way to make more profits it to cut things like drivers wages and such. Now, that being said, the Union that is in this situation IS ALSO TO BLAME. I cannot believe that they are striking because they dont want over $22 an hour plus overtime and benefits. WITH THE AMOUNT OF UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE IN AZ, I PROMISE YOU THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD GLADLY, ACCEPT A $50,000 a year job. You don't like that the trains or bus' smell, or that you work too many hours? THEN QUIT YOU WHINING TOOLS! Its a JOB! Your being paid to provide a service, if you dont like the conditions it is your right to quit. But those who do want to work for their living should be able to replace those toolboxes who are whining ans striking. Sadly this all would have been avoided if the government actually took the responsibility to run the public transport system instead of pawning it off to some soulless corporation. Sadly now that this corporation has a contract in place, the people can not do anything about it because simply electing other officials would not change the fact that a corporation is running the bus' and corporations basically do whatever the hell they please. And there in lies the problem with this ENTIRE COUNTRY. THE RELATIONSHIP THAT FEDREAL, STATE, COUNTY, CITY and LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE WITH CORPORATIONS IS COMPLETELY WRONG AND NEEDS TO BE OUTLAWED. THIS IS BECAUSE THESE TWO THINGS HAVE VASTLY DIFFERENT MOTIVATIONS. A GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO HELP EVERYONE AND A CORPORATION IS ONLY SUPPOSED TO HELP ITS INVESTORS. WE ARE THE 99% and I promise that by the end of my lifetime (I am 25), that this orgy of government and corporations will be SHUT DOWN, and GOVERNMENT WILL BE RESTORED TO ITS INTENDED COMPOSITION AS FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE. NOT BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE INVESTORS. The worst part is that this has been so ingraned in our society that most people dont even understand the argument I am making. The entire GOP has no idea about anything involving the real world, they live in a fantasy land.