Kingston school bus drivers make gains

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School buses and Unifor flags

School bus drivers in Kingston, Ont. have ratified a new collective agreement in the midst of a pandemic that recognizes their services with wage increases each year and emergency leave days.

“These members are truly among the heroes of the pandemic. Every day they safely transport students back and forth to school, and ensure that the buses are sanitized and safe for the children on the bus,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.

The new contract was ratified by the 52 members of Local 4266 at First Student Kingston ratified by 98% on April 8. 

The agreement includes wage increases of 2%, 2%, 3%, 3%, as well as many improvements to language and newly negotiated personal emergency days. 

Each member gets five leave days, three of them paid, that can be used for personal emergencies including family health obligations and sickness.

Members of the bargaining committee are Al Alport as chair, John Molleson as vice chair, committee member Java Craig and Local 4266 President Andre Desjardins.