Bus Lines Reportedly Reaches Labor Contract Agreement
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Negotiators for Greyhound Lines Inc. and 7,500 employees have agreed to a two-year contract containing at least $27 million in wage cuts and other concessions, according to a report published today.
The proposed pact, which would cover bus drivers and mechanics and must be ratified by the union membership, includes a lower wage scale for bus drivers hired after Nov. 1, The Arizona Republic reported.
The 24-member Amalgamated Council of Greyhound Local Unions, which includes union presidents from around the country, met Sunday night in Scottsdale to decide whether to recommend the proposal to union members.
Under the agreement, drivers’ wages would be cut by about 9 percent, the newspaper reported.
It would be the second time that the union has granted concessions to the Phoenix-based bus line. The current contract, ratified after a bitter 47-day strike in 1983, included a reduction of about 15 percent in wage and benefits.
That contract expired Oct. 31, but both sides have agreed to abide by its terms. Since Friday, either side could end the talks by giving 72 hours’ notice, but there have been no preparations for a strike.
Greyhound Lines spokesman Herb Doherty declined comment Sunday night and the Amalgamated Council’s president Domenick Sirignano could not be immediately reached for comment.
The bus line’s parent company, Greyhound Corp., has threatened to sell the subsidiary unless the union grants more concessions.
The bus line employs about 10,000 people and operates 3,000 buses serving 15,000 locations in 48 states. It reported an operating profit last year before taxes of about $30 million on revenues of about $710 million.