Quebec bus drivers reach collective agreement

Drivers approve contract which includes a 21.5 wage increase over seven years
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/11/2011

Bus drivers in Longueuil, QC – located just outside Montreal– have reached a seven-year collective agreement giving themselves a wageincrease of more than three per cent each year.

About 475 Reseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) driversvoted 84 per cent in favour of the new contract. Workers will also receiveadditional sick days, weekend and night bonuses, and long-term disabilityinsurance.

“This is a solid foundation for quality transportationservice,” said Michel Robidoux, president of CUPE, Local 3333, which representsthe drivers.

One of the most contentious issues between the union and RTLwas the lack of washroom facilities along bus routes in the city. RTL hasagreed to construct washrooms in the terminals, but acknowledged that couldtake up to three years. Until then, chemical toilets will be installed.

About 700 RTL bus drivers belong to CUPE, Local 3333 intotal. They have been without a contract since December 2009. The new contractexpires at the end of 2016.

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