Unions, Company Talk About Terminal Plan
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Greyhound Lines Inc. and transit union officials have failed to agree on job and wage issues in the bus company’s plan to close 35 terminals, officials said.
Representatives of the company and its workers met last weekend after Ray Rivera, transit union president, asserted the closures were an attempt by Greyhound to avoid paying union wages.
Herb Doherty, Greyhound spokesman, said no conclusions were reached during the session. Domenic Sirignano, president of the Amalgamated Council of Greyhound Local Unions in Scottsdale, on Wednesday declined comment about the meeting.
Rivera, president of transit union Local 1600, said last week in New Orleans he would file an unfair labor practices charge against Greyhound if it closed terminals in his southern jurisdiction.
Greyhound President Fred Dunikoski announced Feb. 19 that the company would close 35 of its 125 terminals by Oct. 1 in an effort to cut costs in response to declining ridership.
The company likely will eliminate 1,500 to 2,000 jobs by year’s end through closing terminals and eliminating routes, he said.
Greyhound plans to provide terminal services through independent commission agents and expects to receive up to $150 million from selling the terminals.
A contract proposal rejected by union members in January would have closed all terminals by 1989 and given terminal employees severance allowances and first consideration when Greyhound selected commission agents.