Settlement at Kingston Access Bus: Strike Over

June 16, 2009, 2:58 PM EST

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CAW Local 1837 members at Kingston Access Bus have ratified a new three-year agreement with the company, bringing to an end a strike that started April 16.

Key improvements include wage increases of 2.25 per cent in the first year, and 2.5 per cent in each of the second and third years. In addition the union was able to ensure that layoff notices were rescinded for five full-time and six part-time workers.

"These talks were incredibly difficult and frustrating, however the membership were determined to win a fair and equitable collective agreement," said Geoff Schmeler, bargaining committee member and Local 1837 treasurer. "Despite the tough circumstances, the membership displayed tremendous solidarity throughout this dispute. It's a relief to all that this dispute is over and we can get back to work."

The CAW represents 21 members at the Kingston, Ontario company which provides transport for disabled and disadvantaged people in the greater Kingston area. The drivers had been without a contract since December 31.

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