At a general meeting last night, salaried workers of Autobus J.J. Campeau members of Teamsters Local Union 106 voted 100% in favour of a strike mandate.
“The company was handed the union’s demands in December 2011, and has deliberately delayed the negotiation process aimed at renewing the collective agreement,” declared André Paquin, Business Agent forTeamsters Local Union 106.
The Teamsters Union intends to carry out the strike mandate, within all legal parameters, and to negotiate in good faith. It is, however, crucial that the employer be present at the negotiating table in order to sign a work contract.
According to André Paquin, the start of the school year could be disrupted this fall if no agreement is reached by then.
J.J. Campeau employees who are members of the Teamsters Union serve two school boards in the Outaouais region, the Draveurs School Board and the Portage School Board.
Over the next few weeks, workers from the four other school bus operators in the Outaouais region who belong to the Teamsters will be called to a general meeting and invited to join the strike action.
Source: Québec Teamsters Local Union 106