Strike Vote Being Prepared By Greyhound Union Leaders
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Union leaders at Greyhound Lines will ask members to authorize a strike after the company’s second contract offer in a year was rejected, The Arizona Republic reported today.
The decision to seek strike authorization was reached unanimously Monday night by the Amalgamated Council of Greyhound Local Unions, the newspaper quoted unidentified union sources as saying.
The 24-member council represents 6,300 drivers and other employees of the nation’s largest intercity bus company.
The newspaper quoted its sources as saying ballots would be mailed as soon as possible asking members to improve the union’s bargaining strength by authorizing a strike.
Ballots are to be counted Dec. 29. Strike authorization requires a two- thirds majority.
Management is aware of the planned vote and has no comment, Greyhound spokesman Herb Doherty said Tuesday. A meeting with the union has been scheduled for Dec. 18, he said.
The contract rejection by nearly 60 percent Monday resulted in increased speculation that the company could be sold by its diversified parent, Phoenix- based Greyhound Corp.
Greyhound Corp. Chairman John Teets has said he will sell or liquidate the bus line if he fails to win substantial concessions to make the company more profitable.
The two-year contract Greyhound offered called for a 9 percent cut in wages and a 5 percent cut in benefits. In January, union members rejected a contract that would have frozen wages for three years at levels adopted in 1983 after a 47-day strike.
The contract expired Oct. 31, and employees are working under a contract extension.