TORONTO–Unifor Local 4268 has reached a tentative agreement with Stock Transportation on behalf of 500 school bus drivers in the Toronto Area, averting strike action.
“I congratulate the bargaining committee on negotiating a tentative agreement for these frontline workers who provide such a vital service to students across Toronto,” said Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi. “As Ontario’s school bus driver union, Unifor will continue to address key issues including wages and uncompensated duties and to work to raise standards for drivers across the sector.”
The new tentative collective agreement will be voted on by the drivers, who predominantly provide transportation services for special needs students at the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board as well as transportation for public and Catholic French boards, private schools and other customers.
“These drivers are not just responsible for the safe operation of a large vehicle but also for the safety of the children on board. It’s not an easy job and it’s important that their wages and working conditions reflect that,” said Unifor Local 4268 President Debbie Montgomery.
Details of the tentative agreement will be released upon ratification. A membership vote will take place in the coming days.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector and represents 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
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