Fairbanks van drivers take voluntary pay cut

Associated PressJune 15, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- Drivers for a van service for disabled and elderly riders are voluntarily taking a 10 percent pay cut in Fairbanks.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports drivers offered the pay cut as the Fairbanks North Star Borough looked at privatizing the Van Tran service.

The study found the savings of privatizing the services were less than expected, and officials said it was less attractive after the drivers offered the pay cut.

The service costs about $1.3 million a year. Borough officials anticipated that would be cut in half by privatizing, but the study concluded there would only a 10 percent reduction.

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