New contract could end six-figure pay for Madison bus drivers
Senior bus drivers in Madison, WI may no longer be earning six-figure incomes due to overtime hours. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Madison city officials and union representatives agreed to a three-year contract that would prohibit senior drivers from making large sums of money by monopolizing overtime hours. Earlier this year the State Journal reported that Madison’s highest-earning employee in 2009 was a bus driver who took home $150,000, of that $79,000 came from overtime hours. Also, the Journal investigation revealed that seven other drivers made more than $100,000 in 2009. The new contract spreads out overtime evenly to all drivers. The Madison City Council will vote to improve or reject the contract next week. If passed, the contract goes into affect January 1. The contract includes a 3-percent pay raise for 2011, followed by a 2-percent raise in 2012. For more, visit www.host.madison.com.