Labor Draws An Empty Gun

Striking workers at Greyhound and elsewhere learn that those who walk out may not be welcome back

Executives at the Greyhound bus company felt not a moment's hesitation or doubt. The minute 9,000 of its employees around the country walked off their jobs three weeks ago, the Dallas-based company began to hire 700 drivers as permanent replacements for strikers. Within seven days Greyhound reported that ridership on its buses was back to 38% of normal levels and rising. As the company trained additional nonunion substitutes, dispirited drivers and other striking workers watched their jobs begin to evaporate. Every day they walked the picket line, it seemed, fewer would have posts to return to. By the time Greyhound and...

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