Tri-Board workers reach tentative agreement

A potential strike involving seven transportation planners who work for Tri-Board Student Transportation Services (Tri-Board) has been averted. The employees were prepared to walk off the job if their demands for wage increases are not met.

The transportation planners design and oversee school bus routes in the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Prince Edward, and Hastings counties of eastern Ontario. As members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1479, they were poised to legally strike on Monday, Apr. 3, 2023, if their proposal was not accepted.

As previously reported, a strike would have had “no impact to ongoing school bus safety or operations” across the three boards served by Tri-Board.

Negotiations have been ongoing since July 2022, and earlier this week two representatives of the seven transportation planners who work for Tri-Board asked Limestone District School Board trustees to intervene on the planners’ behalf to avoid the need for strike action.

Two days after that meeting, CUPE issued the following statement:

“School transportation planners, members of CUPE Local 1479, have reached a tentative agreement with Tri-Board Student Transportation Services averting a strike or lockout on Monday, April 3.”

No further details were provided, and union members will vote on ratification early next week.

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