Eastern Ontario Educational Transportation Planners Speak About what they are Fighting For

Eastern Ontario Educational Transportation Planners Speak About what they are Fighting For

On April 3, the seven employees who work for Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, members of CUPE Local 1479 will strike if a wage increase acceptable to them cannot be obtained through negotiations. The union has been in negotiations for a new contract since July.

Tri-Board transportation planners design over 620 school bus routes in the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Prince Edward, and Hastings counties of eastern Ontario. 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).

“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. “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.”

Three of the planners speak about the important work they do and why their demands are just.