KUT Morning Newspod June 28, 2011
Cap Metro Board Votes for Privatization
All Austin bus routes will be run by a private company by September 2012. The Capital Metro board voted on the labor changes Monday. The move is in response to a new state law requiring Cap Metro to outsource all of its routes or make all workers direct employees of the agency. The union opted out of that direct employment because it would have required them to give up their collective bargaining rights. Right now private contractors run about 30 percent of Austin’s bus service.
Changes in Store for Texas County Districts
Political redistricting has received so much attention at the state and congressional level, it’s easy to miss the changes in store for Texas counties. Tonight, Travis County hosts the second in a series of forums on adjustments to its Commissioner’s precincts. As KUT’s Mose Buchele reports, those changes say a lot about the intersection of race and politics and the changing demographics of Central Texas.
Austin City Council Inauguration Tonight
Newly-elected Austin City Council Members will be officially sworn into office Tuesday night. Incumbents Chris Riley and Laura Morrison will start serving their second terms in City Council after the inauguration. First-time Council Member Kathy Tovo will also be sworn in. Tovo recently won the runoff election for Place Three. The inauguration ceremony is at Austin City Hall at 6 p.m.