A significant part of the union wage gains of 11.5 percent for local transit employees, resulted from contract stipulated cost-of-living adjustments based on changes in the national or local consumer Price Indexes. The average July 1973-1974 wage increase for operators of surface cars and buses was 11.3 percent compared with 12.8 percent for those on elevated and subway lines. Union wage rates for local transit operating employees averaged $5.62 an hour on July 1, 1974. Slightly more than 33 percent of all operating employees earned at least $6.00 an hour compared with fewer than one percent of the workers a year earlier. In three of the 6 cities reporting both types of workers, average wage rates were the same. In the remaining three cities, elevated and subway equipment operators averaged 8 to 16 cents an hour less than workers on surface cars and buses. The average wage for all operating employees was highest in the Middle Atlantic. Regionally, percentage increases in wage rates over the year ending July 1, 1974 were the largest in the midwest and southeast. An average wage rate of $6.03 was recorded for workers in cities of 1 million inhabitants or more. Union contracts in all but three of the cities surveyed provided for wage rate progressions on the basis of length of service. Contract provisions for employer financed health, welfare, and pension plans applied to nearly all of the workers covered in the survey.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Labor Statistics

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  • Authors:
    • Rieg, M K
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 2 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00098930
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1981 12:00AM