Greyhound Contract Offer Seeks Wage Freeze, Cuts in Union Jobs
Greyhound is calling for a four-year wage freeze and the elimination of about 4,500 union jobs in its latest contract offer in the two-month-old drivers’ strike, an executive for the bus line said Sunday.
The offer was made Saturday as negotiators met for the first time since mid-March and a day after the company announced a $56-million loss for the first three months of this year.
The union called the offer “greedy” and an “insult.”
Bargaining talks were halted indefinitely following Saturday’s session.
The company’s offer, which outlines a major reduction in services for the only nationwide bus system, would give drivers $12.79 an hour rather than their previous 30-cents-a-mile rate, said Greyhound Vice President Anthony P. Lannie.
The wage offer amounts to a wage cut for some employees rather than a freeze, contended union president Edward M. Strait. He said he would not relay the proposal to local union presidents.