Bus Line Reaches Labor Contract Agreement
PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) _ Union bargainers recommended Monday that bus drivers and mechanics approve a new two-year contract with Greyhound Lines Inc., the nation’s largest intercity bus company.
Bargainers refused to disclose details of the agreement, but The Arizona Republic reported it would reduce drivers’ wages by about 9 percent.
The settlement was reached late Sunday, only minutes from the end of a one- week extension of the contract that had expired Oct. 31, Greyhound Lines spokesman Herb Doherty said.
The company employs about 10,000 mechanics and drivers, but the newly negotiated contract would apply only to the 7,500 who are union members and are being asked to approve it.
Greyhound Lines President Frederick Dunikoski and Amalgamated Transit Union President Dominic Sirignano said in a statement the pact had majority approval of a 24-member bargaining council of union-local presidents from around the country. The council is urging ratification, they said.
″We are satisfied that the tentative agreement will provide the means to protect, to the fullest extent possible, the jobs, take-home pay and working conditions of employees under the difficult conditions found by both parties,″ the statement said.
Results of the voting were expected by Dec. 8.
The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the proposed pact - which is shorter than the usual three-year contract - would cut drivers’ wages by about 9 percent. Drivers currently make about $25,000 a year.
It would be the second straight time drivers have granted concessions to the bus line. The current contract was a reduction of about 15 percent in wages and benefits, and was not ratified until after a 47-day strike in 1983.
Company Chairman John Teets had warned last month that the parent company would sell the bus-line subsidiary if the talks did not result in concessions.
Greyhound Lines, which operates 3,000 buses, reported an operating profit before taxes of about $30 million last year on revenues of about $710 million.