Contract For Port Authority Drivers Calls For Cuts

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The KDKA Investigators have learned a new contract offer to Port Authority drivers calls for major changes.

Under the new contract wages, benefits and health care will change dramatically.

The new contract freezes wages for all union employees. Current employees who do not qualify for post-retirement health care by the end of June 2012 will not get health care. Current employee health care contributions will be 20 percent.

The new deal cuts pay for new hires by 20 percent. New hires will also be offered a 401K plan instead of a pension plan.

“What we’re doing is trying to bring our benefit levels in line with what you’re going to find at any other employer,” says Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie.

Meantime, Port Authority drivers union president Pat McMahon calls the new contract “outrageous” and “ridiculous.”

McMahon tells the KDKA Investigators the new deal is an attempt to destroy the union and mass transit in our region.

The current contract expires in June of 2012.

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  • Pat James

    I think I would like to hear Pat McMahon say the contract is outragous instead of Marty saying he did. Marty makes up news

  • James

    It’s troubling how the people that were interviewed were for pension, pay, and benefit cuts to average working class people only because their employer does not offer a comparable benefit package. If you are not happy with your benefit package that your employer offers, seek new employment. There are plenty of jobs that still offer a traditional pension plan. There is no need to be jealous or envious of anyone.

  • former rider

    All first contracts have tough points because it will require concessions from both sides. What will happen is that, eventually, both sides will come to the table and something will be worked out that hits both sides evenly. I think that if new hires have 401k pensions, they should not have their pay reduced and if guys who are working now will not get healthcare after retirement, they should not pay 20% now. Both parties will take hits but the hits need to be fair.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, bus drivers do earn their money. Anyone who knows a driver knows the conditions that they work in. They are not driving little yellow buses with nice people on them. They drive through bad neighborhoods that most people avoid. They drive in all weather conditions and they have to work weird shifts in order to meet federal guidelines. The advice of seeking alternative employment is bogus as well. Their union is suppose to negotiate a settlement that is fair to them. That is what unions do and if people think that this is too much, maybe they need to consider forming unions at their workplace.

    • Anonymous

      marty is just an instigator hey marty can you come out to collier garage today at about 530 or so and we can talk

  • Anonymous

    hey marty youre just an instigator come out to collier garage today at about 530 and we can talk bet you wont show

  • Anonymous

    My friend is currently working for the locol transit authority…bus driver pay is a whooping twelve dollars and fifty cents a hour…….

  • JustSaying

    It sounds like the Port Authority is finally waking up to reality! Years of mis-management and giving in to the union thugs and their sweetheart deals regarding salary, healthcare and retirement packages have made business as usual an impossibility. Taxpayers are standing up and saying ‘no more!’ when it comes to supporting a failing public transit organization. It’s high time for contracts to provide a living wage, higher contributions to healthcare and a traditional 401k retirement plan instead of a taxpayer funded gravy-train!

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