LABOR COSTS AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN URBAN MASS TRANSIT: PROBLEMS OF DEFINITION, MEASUREMENT, AND RESOLUTION WITH DISCUSSION

This paper which discusses issues associated with labor costs in the urban transit industry, reports some preliminary results of current research in labor relations and discusses alternatives aimed, on the one hand, at improving both the validity and the accessibility of cost data and, on the other hand, at reducing the gap between operating expenses and revenue. An approach for modifying the bargaining approaches of transit labor and management is also suggested. The research project reported here consisted of 4 parts: the legal framework for collective bargaining in urban transit, including the role of 13c; an analysis of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU); the effects of bargaining of the transition from private to public ownership, the impact of subsidies, and the use of arbitration in settling interest disputes; and an examination of the determinants of wage rates and labor costs through cross-sectional and longitudinal statistical analysis. The measurement, determination and control of labor costs in transit are considered, and the inadequacy of current labor costs data is noted. Urban mass transit as a public-section industry is discussed, as well as employment security and productivity committees.

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    • This paper appeared in Transportation Research Board Special Report No. 181, Urban Transportation Economics. It contains proceedings of Five Workshops on Pricing Alternatives, Economic Regulations, Labor Issues, Marketing, and Government Financing Responsibilities held by Transportation Research Board. Sponsored by Office of the Secretary, Federal Highway Administration, and Urban Mass Transportation Administration of DOT; Environmental Protection Agency; and Federal Energy Administration. Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
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  • Authors:
    • Miller, Richard U
    • Olson, Craig A
    • Stern, James L
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 141-147
  • Monograph Title: URBAN TRANSPORTATION ECONOMICS
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  • Accession Number: 00176510
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1981 12:00AM