Orion Bus signs new contract with United Auto Workers union

By ANDREW DONOVAN

ORISKANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Local chapter 2243 of the United Auto Workers agreed upon a three-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with Daimler Bus, according to Union President Myron Kuchera.

Daimler Bus is the parent company of Orion Bus in Oriskany. According to President Kuchera, 85% voted in approval of the new contract.

27 workers were laid off at Orion Bus in February. In August, Orion Bus employees were told if they do not support a three-day-a-week work week, there will be "mass layoffs" at the company.

A spokesman for Orion's parent company, Daimler Buses North America, did not address the claim, but hint that there may be some kind of downsizing in the near future.

Both sides, the union and the parent company, have confirmed that they are in contract negotiations. The current contract runs out at the end of August, said Bryan Allen, Marketing & Corporation Communication Manager for Daimler Buses North America.

Officials said that all union members are to report to work on their regular shifts on Monday. It is not clear if and how the three-day work weeks were negotiated into this agreement.

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