Colin Pease, Guilford Transportation Industries vice president, threw down the gauntlet to Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes, calling a strike threat "a lot of bravado."
Guilford, Mr. Pease said, is "taking contingency plans if they go out" at 12:01 a.m. Friday as threatened. A 60-day no-strike period suggested by a congressional advisory panel runs out at that hour.Mr. Pease said Guilford will implement an old offer made under a 1984 Section 6 notice before a labor dispute began last March. The offer includes a 20 percent wage cut. He said the notice was "in abeyance" during the no- strike period, but "it automatically kicks back in again" Friday.
Mr. Pease said "there is a lot of bravado out there" among BMWE officials and wondered if BMWE President Geoffrey Zeh has "backed himself into a corner" where a strike must be called. Mr. Zeh said a strike would affect not only Guilford, but rail operations nationwide.