A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF LABOR UNION AGREEMENTS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FIXED ROUTE BUS OPERATIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA

Open Access
Author:
Lock, Ryan Z
Area of Honors:
Supply Chain and Information Systems
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • John C Spychalski, Thesis Supervisor
  • John C Spychalski, Honors Advisor
  • Robert Alexander Novack, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • Bus
  • Labor Union
  • Public Transportation
  • Pennsylvania
Abstract:
This study compares labor union agreements for public transportation fixed route bus operations in Pennsylvania and examines their effects on operational performance. Labor agreements for thirteen Pennsylvania public transportation agencies were collected to enable evaluation of wage rates, total wage costs, work rules, and other labor agreement-related matter. Terms within the agreements currently in force differ to varying degrees on matters such as use of part-time employees, true hourly wage rates, paid versus unpaid break time, fringe benefits, paid time off, and vacation time. These terms exert significant impacts on productivity and operating costs of transit systems.