Nov 14, 2008

Brantford transit contract settled

In the early part of 2009 CAW and DRT will enter into contract negotiations. Lets hope that we will see results similar as to what happen in Brantford, Ontario.
Bus drivers, staff vote to support new transit contract

Bus drivers and maintenance staff voted 78 per cent in favour of a new contract hammered out over the weekend.

The Wednesday vote represented almost all of the 60 people in Local 685 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said union president Phil Hotte.

While he declined to release any details of the contract, Hotte said the settlement included a wage and benefit increase that was in keeping with what other city bargaining units had achieved in their recent contracts.

City council has yet to vote on the agreement, which will go before the politicians on Monday night.

The union was poised to strike at midnight on Sunday, a position that worried transit users.

"I must have had 14 people on Monday morning saying how glad they were to see us on the road," said Hotte. "There's quite a bit of relief out there."

This transit agreement doesn't affect the ongoing Operation Lift strike even though those drivers are in the same local.

Operation Lift drivers and dispatchers walked off the job at the end of September, seeking a first contract.

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