School bus drivers see improvements with collective agreement

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School bus drivers with First Student Cornwall, members of Unifor Local 4266, have ratified a new collective agreement that boosts their pay for charter by 10%, plus annual increases in regular pay and other improvements.

“Driving a school bus has always been a challenge, and the pandemic has only added to that. This collective agreement shows that having a union can help make the job better and safer,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.

Under the new collective agreement, charter rates were increased to driver rate, retroactive to July 1 and representing an immediate 10% increase for charter work. All drivers are eligible to do this work. General wage increases of 1.5%, 2% and 2% were also negotiated for all members, also retroactive to July 1.

Local 4266 represents 74 drivers and mechanics at First Student Cornwall.

There were also several language improvements throughout the collective agreement, as well as improvements to meal allowances and skilled trade language. The new collective agreement also includes paid time for the bargaining committee negotiating future contracts.