It took 9 months, but LTC workers have a new contract.
The LTC Board ratified the contract a few days after the membership of Local 741 of the Amalgamated Transit Union voted to approve it last week.
The deal ensures a 2 per cent wage increase over each of the contract’s 3 years.
The only member of the LTC board to vote against it was Councillor Phil Squire.
“My concern was as a City Councillor, that I wanted to ensure that wage settlements were across the board, whether it’s a board or whether it be the city itself, be consistent,” said Squire. “This was higher than, of course, the inside workers settlement, I just felt that under those circumstances, I would not be able to agree to that amount.”
The inside workers went on strike last summer, walking the picket lines for 59 days.
When they finally reached a deal it was a 4-year contract with a 1 per cent wage hike in the first year and 1.25 per cent in each of the following 3 years.
Squire said he’s prepared to live with the LTC deal and is pleased they were able to reach an agreement.