Bombardier (Go Transit) workers ratify new collective agreement

 The agreement provides stability to Ontario's public transit users and to the  Teamsters' unionized workers…  TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The workers of Bombardier (which operate GO  Transit) ratified a new collective agreement on August 15 after 20 months of  bargaining that began in fall 2012. The new agreement will expire at the end  of 2017.  Under the new agreement, workers will see a wage increase of 12.33% over term.  "The negotiation was far from easy but we absolutely wanted to avoid any  interruption of service for the users while negotiating a contract that was  fair for the workers," explained George MacPherson, General Chairman for  Division 660 of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference at Bombardier.  Several other standard and operational clauses have been improved, notably  those pertaining to annual vacation and train maintenance. As well, the  shuttle service between Pearson Airport and Union Station has been expanded,  creating 65 additional jobs.  "Expansion of service to commuter rail is considerable and the creation of  good paying, unionized jobs is a positive development for the Ontario  workers," said the union leader. "Our members work very hard in providing a  professional service to the public, and take great pride in being  professionals in the rail industry."  Outsourcing will be reduced and eventually eliminated.  "This agreement provides stability to the travelling public and the workers  within the commuter rail industry in Ontario, and provides a fair and decent  increase for the Teamsters membership," concluded MacPherson.  Go Train provides transportation to over 250,000 passengers per day in Ontario.  The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The  International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is  affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.    SOURCE  Teamsters Canada  Nathalie Mayer, Communications Department, Telephone: 450 682-5521, Email:  nmayer@teamsters.ca, Facebook.com/TeamstersCanada ?  Twitter.com/TeamstersCanada ? Teamsters.ca  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2014/19/c2738.html  CO: Teamsters Canada ST: Ontario NI: TRN LABOR  
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