New Agreement at Nova Scotia Bus Line

July 18, 2012, 10:45 AM EST

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CAW members at Local 725, who work at Acadian Inter City Bus in Nova Scotia, have negotiated a 10% wage increase as part of a one-year extension to their current agreement.

Last year members ratified a three-year agreement with increases of 4%, 4%, and 4% as well as a clause that ensured they would receive a matching wage increase to any increases negotiated in other bargaining by the bus line.

That clause came under review after members filed a grievance out of frustration over company actions at another bargaining table. CAW Local 725 requested the company return to bargaining and was able to ratify the one-year extension with the support of the members and the bargaining committee. The wage grievance was withdrawn.

Local 725 President Scott Webber thanked the members for their patience and for standing behind the local union during this challenge.

"We can now continue to do our jobs safely, serving the public knowing we have been treated fairly," said Webber.

CAW National Representative Chad Johnston said the employer needed to hear from the membership "that a deal is a deal and that tossing away our relationship was not in anyone's best interest."

"I'm proud of our members for staying united and giving us the opportunity to fix this without a long drawn out legal fight," Johnston said.

CAW Local 725 represents approximately 40 members at Acadian Inter City Bus, which provides motor coach services throughout Nova Scotia. The extension agreement will expire June, 2014.

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