NAPANEE, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/–The seven employees who work for Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, members of CUPE Local 1479, are poised to walk off the job in a legal strike on Monday, April 3 if their proposal for a fair wage increase is not accepted.
Six of the workers are transportation planners who are substantially underpaid compared to the school transportation planners employed by other transportation consortia in Ontario, and this is the one outstanding issue in the labour dispute.
“Right now, Tri-Board workers are the lowest-paid of similar transportation planners across the province, earning 19% below the average,” said Liz James, CUPE Local 1479 President
Tri-Board transportation planners design over 620 school bus routes in the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Prince Edward, and Hastings counties of eastern Ontario.
“Our transportation planners organize safe, reliable, and efficient transportation to and from school for more than 30,000 students, over 600 vehicles, covering a geographical area of over 16,000 square kilometres,” explained James. “Their work is valuable and yet they are being paid 19% less than the going rate for it.”
Tri-Board is a transportation consortium that is jointly controlled by Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) and Limestone District School Board (LDSB).
|School Board||2022 Budget||1/3 of Wage Adjustment||Percentage of Total Budget|
|Limestone DSB||$270 million||$6,500||0.0024%|
|Hastings and Prince Edward DSB||$222 million||$6,500||0.0029%|
|Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB||$177 million||$6,500||0.0037%|
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