OSHAWA—Wage gains and new positions are highlights of a new collective agreement ratified Sunday by Unifor Local 222 members working at Durham Region Transit.

“The committee achieved improvements to transit workers’ work-life balance,” said Len Poirier, Unifor National Secretary-Treasurer. “This contract looks to the future of public transportation in Durham from the perspective of job security and improving the experience for community members.”

The four-year agreement includes nearly 10% wage increases, an expansion of 30,000 hours of service creating 35 new jobs, and a $1,000 signing bonus. The contract secures a new bus terminal to be built in Oshawa’s north end.

“It’s a win-win collective agreement for workers and the ridership they serve,” said Jeff Gray, Unifor Local 222 president. “Working conditions have improved along with a significant expansion of a system that must grow to meet the needs of our region.”

At Durham Region Transit, Local 222 represents 465 bus drivers, maintenance workers, clerical workers and specialized services employees.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

For media inquiries or to arrange interviews via Facetime, Zoom, or Skype please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).

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