Mechanics, office staff still negotiating
By Robert Frank
Laval city bus drivers were about to sign a five-year collective agreement when The Suburban went to press this week.
“They voted 54 percent in favour of accepting the Société de transport de Laval’s offer,” STL chairman David de Cotis told The Suburban. “That’s great news for STL and even better news for the bus drivers. They gained a two percent salary increase each year for the next five years.”
“In addition, the premium that bus drivers receive for working weekends will rise from $2 hour to $3/hour,” said de Cotis, who doubles as vice-chairman of the City of Laval’s powerful executive committee.
“It’s a great way to thank the bus drivers for providing such excellent service to Laval commuters,” he added.
STL still needs to reach a labour agreement with two other transit unions.
“Negotiations to reach an agreement with the unions that represent STL maintenance workers and its 33 office employees are in the works,” de Cotis reported.
As reported in last week’s edition of The Suburban, the bus drivers’ decision as to whether or not to accept STL’s contract offer briefly disrupted service on Sunday morning, Nov. 16, when they booked off work to vote.
The ballot coincided with the first significant snowfall of the season to hit Laval.
STL hired taxis to take up some of the slack and STL supervisors patrolled Laval transit routes for stranded commuters until service returned to normal, later that day.
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