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Greyhound Contract Offer Seeks Wage Freeze, Cuts in Union Jobs

from Associated Press

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.

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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.


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