Walkout threat widens as more school bus drivers vote for strike mandates

A day after Transco drivers voted for a strike mandate, FTQ-Teamster drivers approved their own

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Published on: March 1, 2018 | Last Updated: March 1, 2018 12:30 PM EST

One day after the 330-member union representing Transco school bus drivers voted to go on unlimited strike if necessary, negotiations with other drivers’ unions seemed in danger on Thursday of also skidding off the road, with drivers in Longueuil, Laval, Sainte-Julie, Vaudreuil-Dorion and Dorval all voting for strike mandates.

This time the drivers are part of the Teamsters union affiliated with the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Quebec.

A Teamsters spokesperson Stéphane Lacroix told the Presse Canadienne on Thursday that the strike mandates call for unlimited walkouts. 

For the moment, none of the unions involved have called for their strike mandates to be carried out.

The main sticking point in negotiations is salaries. Lacroix said that because the drivers only earn between $20,000 and $25,000 annually, mostly working split shifts.

More than 8,000 students covered by six school boards on the South Shore, Montreal and the West Island could be affected by any potential work action carried out by the 120 school bus drivers. That’s on top of a separate possible action against Transco, which covers 15,000 students in the Lester B. Pearson, Marguerite-Bourgeoys, Montreal and English Montreal school boards as well as the private Collège Ste-Anne.


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