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No strike at GRT, workers ratify new contract

Last Updated Apr 4, 2017 at 5:08 am EDT

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Over 600 transit workers with Grand River Transit have ratified a new contract averting a strike.

In a statement, Unifor Local 4304 President Rick Lonergan says “with this deal, Unifor helped to ensure that safer buses are on the streets for both the drivers and the public.”

One of the main issues highlighted by GRT workers was workplace health and safety.

The new collective agreement improves safety procedures, recognized maintenance protocols, and a trial process for driver shields on new buses.

It also ensures wage increases of 1.5, 1.75 and 2 per cent over the next three-years.