Bombardier workers operating GO Transit ratified a new collective agreement, after 20 months of bargaining.
The new agreement – expiring at the end of 2017 – will see a wage increase of 12.33% over term.
Other standard and operational clauses including annual vacation and train maintenance were also improved.
“The negotiation was far from easy but we absolutely wanted to avoid any interruption of service for the users while negotiating a contract that was fair for the workers,” said George MacPherson, general chairman for Division 660 of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference at Bombardier.
The expansion of the shuttle service between Pearson Airport and Union Station created 65 new positions. Additionally, outsourcing will be reduced and eventually eliminated.
“Expansion of service to commuter rail is considerable and the creation of good paying, unionized jobs is a positive development for Ontario workers,” MacPherson said. “This agreement provides stability to the travelling public and the workers within the commuter rail industry in Ontario, and provides a fair and decent increase for the Teamsters membership.”
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