“I am very pleased that The City Council and ATU 279 have reached an agreement that benefits all parties. It`s a good deal for employees, passengers and taxpayers,” said Mayor Jim Watson. The fact that we reached an agreement before the current contract expired shows the positive relationship our city has with our union partners. The new four-year contract extends the current stability of labour relations at OC Transpo until 2020, which will facilitate the implementation of the Confederation Line. The collective agreement provides for an economic increase of 2 per cent for the first three years of the collective agreement, during the last year of the contract of 2.25 per cent. “I welcome the members` decision to ratify our collective agreement,” said Clint Crabtree, President of ATU Local 279. “Members expressed their needs and wishes, which the negotiating team focused on. ATU Local 279`s priority is its members, and we will continue to work hard to meet their expectations. Ottawa`s largest transit union, the Transit Commission and the Council agreed on the longest collective agreement for OC Transpo bus drivers, railway workers, mechanics and other workers. “With 340,000 daily trips across the network, it is clear that OC Transpo plays a crucial role in moving residents across the capital of our country,” said Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission. “ATU 279 union members and OC Transpo employees have spent a great deal of time and effort reaching an agreement that works for all parties involved and supports the future of the streetcar.” The new contract for members of the Amalgamated 279 Local Transit Union calls for a wage increase of just over 8.5 per cent over the next five years, retroactive to 1 April this year: 1.5 per cent this year and next; 1.75 per cent in 2022; 1.8 per cent in 2023; and two per cent in 2024. Annual increases are slightly lower than those of the previous contract. Union members voted on the contract at the end of last week and 63% accepted the five-year contract. About two-thirds of the 2,381 voting members voted. On Wednesday, both the transit committee and the Council approved the agreement.
“Five years is a long time to sign a contract, and we`ve never done that,” Crabtree told CBC. City: Ottawa, ONTworker: OC TranspoPresident: Clint CrabtreePhone: 613-738-3177Fax: 613-526-1696Website: atu279.ca Collectiveaccord: 04/01/2016 – 31.03.2020 Crabtree said, members were concerned about the five-year term of the contract.