LABOR RELATIONS IN URBAN TRANSIT

This study focuses on labor-management relations in the urban mass transit industry from 1960-1975, a period during which most of the major transit systems changed from private to public ownership and began receiving substantial funding from government. A major objective of this study was to evaluate how collective bargaining outcomes--transit wages, labor cost, and work rules--changed with the advent of public ownership and public subsidies. Two chapters of this study examine the development of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) policies and how they affect practices in the urban transit industry. The political, legal, and economic factors shaping the collective bargaining relationship are explored. Special attention is directed toward such factors as; 1) the labor protection clause, Section 13 (c), of the Urban Mass Transportation Act, and 2) the reliance on "interest" arbitration for the settlement of the terms of new contracts during the past seventy years. Data on wage and selected frige benfit changes in the 1960-75 period are reveiwed. Because this is an exploratory study which relies in part on secondary data, conclusions, of necessity, are tentative. The findings herein are based on several data collection and analysis techniques. Chapter X is based on data primarily for APTA's TRANSIT OPERATING REPORTS; andChapters V and VI reflect information from ATU publications and interviews with the national leadership of that union. The other chapters consist of personal interviews with union/management spokemen of 25 transit system in the U.S. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sponsored by the Department of Transportation, Urban Mass Transportation Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Industrial Relations Research Institute
    Madison, WI  USA  53706
  • Authors:
    • Stern, J L
    • Miller, R U
    • Olson, C A
    • Heshizer, B P
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: 326 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00172047
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-WI-11-0004-77-2Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1981 12:00AM