Veterans Transportation First Agreement

January 27, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

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CAW Local 504 members who work at Veterans Transportation in Hamilton, Ontario have voted 82 per cent in favour of a first agreement.

These workers transport disabled citizens to and from appointments and are part of the Darts Transportation group. The CAW represents 28 workers at Veterans Transportation.

The agreement includes language on grievance procedures, human rights, health and safety and monetary gains. On top of their base trip rate the amount paid per trip increased 35 cents in the first year, 20 cents in the second year and 20 cents in year three. Also, there is a guarantee of 20 trips per day and 10 trips per day if a snow day is declared.

Other improvements include the August Civic holiday, bereavement coverage and PEL funding. They are also guaranteed use of the company vehicle to and from work.

CAW Local 504 President Randy Smith said "this is an important step forward to achieve this first collective agreement for this small group of workers. This is a good foundation for collective bargaining with this group down the road."

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