Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Transit Accords

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Transit Accords

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Transit accords

In Minneapolis--St. Paul, MN, 2,000 employees accepted a 3-year contract proposal, averting a scheduled work stoppage that would have affected 250,000 commuters. The contract between the Metropolitan Transit Commission and the Amalgamated Transit Union provides for wage increases of 3.25 percent retroactive to May 1, 3.5 percent in May 1990, and 3.75 percent in May 1991. After the final increase, top-scale drivers' earnings will be $32,573 a year.

In a change in the pay progression schedule, new employees will be paid at 55 percent of the top rate during their first 12 months on the job, 60 percent during the next 12 months, and will move to the top rate after a total of 36 months. Previously, new workers were paid at 60 percent during the first 6 months, 70 percent for the next 12 months, and the top rate after 42 months.

Other terms included establishment of 5 minutes of paid time for drivers to prepare to take over bus routes on the street, and 6 weeks of paid vacation after 29 years of service (previously, 30 years).

In Boston, MA, 4,400 transit workers represented by Local 589 of the Amalgamated Transit Union were covered by a 3-year arbitration award. The award resulted from a provision of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's controlling statute calling for arbitration to end bargaining impasses. …

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