Greyhound Drivers Picket at El Paso Terminal
They Say Greyhound is Putting Customers at Risk
EL PASO, TX — Greyhound Union Drivers picketed in downtown El Paso today.
Union drivers gathered this morning to protest against Greyhound giving their jobs to Americano drivers. Americano is the subsidiary company of Greyhound.
They want people to know that Greyhound is giving their driver jobs to another company for less pay. The union workers also argue that Greyhound is lying to the public and putting them at risk.
The Greyhound Union drivers say that Greyhound is adding what they call an express route. Even though the drivers of those routes may be wearing a Greyhound uniform, they're actually employed by the "cut-rate" line Americano, according to the union workers.
Now that Greyhound recently added more routes, more driver jobs are being offered, but with a pay cut. When the union refused, Greyhound gave those jobs to Americano drivers for less pay.
The union workers say Americano has an unsafe driving record and provided News Channel Nine with paperwork that they say proves so.
“Basically, what it's doing is it's giving a false sense of security to the passengers . You know the passengers are buying a ticket for Greyhound. They're on a Greyhound bus but it's not a Greyhound driver. When it comes to safety our record is a lot better than theirs in regards to driver fitness and maintenance," said Eddie Bailey, the Vice President of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1700.
Bailey says that Greyhound has already started employing Americano drivers. We've reached out to the Greyhound spokesperson and have not heard back.