In the afternoon of September 29, the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR) workers’ union reached an agreement in principle to renew the collective agreement. The tentative deal will be presented and submitted to a vote by members at a general assembly on October 3. Union representatives are waiting to hear what members decide before commenting on the content of the agreement.
In March, unionized workers voted 98 percent in favour of a strike, after being without a labour contract since December 31, 2008. As a pressure tactic to speed up negotiations, they refused to work in uniform for the entire day on September 8.
CUPE Local 4115 represents a total of 120 employees at the STTR, including bus drivers, mechanics and office staff. In addition to public transit and paratransport, STTR bus drivers are also responsible for school transportation.
CUPE represents some 5,500 members in public transportation across Quebec, and is also active in ten other sectors including health and social services, education, municipalities, energy, airlines and communications. With close to 105,000 members in Quebec, CUPE is the largest FTQ affiliate.