Montreal, May 24, 2022 – A new collective agreement was ratified by the workers of Transport Guilbault Long Distance on May 15. These professional drivers, affiliated with Teamsters Local Union 1999, obtain wage increases ranging from $7,000 to $12,000 for the duration of the contract.
New night and weekend premiums have also been negotiated. Salary adjustments (retroactive) will also be paid to union members, representing an amount between 3.5% and 4.5%.
“The pandemic has shown that road transportation is a crucial sector of activity for the Canadian economy,” said Teamsters Canada President François Laporte. “Workers are in a strong position vis-à-vis employers and this allows them to negotiate better collective agreements.”
Also, the road train premium was increased by 30% and a new trailer hook-up and release premium was negotiated. Other improvements were obtained on standard clauses.
“The negotiating committee and Michel Michaud, our union representative in charge of this file, did a very good job,” said Michel Héroux, President of Local Union 1999. “This contract shows that, more than ever, workers benefit from being unionized.
The 30 or so truck drivers at Transport Guilbault make deliveries throughout North America.
The work contract will last for 3 years.
The Teamsters Union represents the interests of 125,000 members in Canada. They are affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which has 1.4 million members across North America.