PARATRANSIT DEVELOPMENT: SEARCH FOR AN APPROPRIATE LABOR POLICY

The potential of the various paratransit modes for serving urban transportation needs is as yet largely undetermined. An informed and equitable labor policy would greatly assist all current efforts to explore the market potential of paratransit. Group ride-sharing paratransit forms, such as car-pool incentive program, van pooling, shared- ride taxi service, and special services to the handicapped provided by sources other than conventional transit, raise difficult issues of labor policy. Where shared-ride services are to be integrated into the regional multimodal public transportation system in accordance with current planning rquirments and policy directive, an appropriate labor policy should minimize political confrontation and labor conflicts. Labor ought to be involved at the outset in the planning and policy- and decision-making process. A good labor policy requires recognition of existing job equities and wage standards for transit labor. A successful labor policy will minimize unfair labor competition and jurisidicational conflicts between unions and groups of workers and require continued collective bargaining without government intervention. When adverse effects on the existing labor forces in the public transportation industry are unavoidable, they should be cushioned by job allowances, including job retaining and relocation expenses. /Author/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 117-120
  • Monograph Title: Demand-responsive transportation systems and other paratransit services
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00156124
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025834
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 4 1981 12:00AM