STM maintenance workers ratify new collective agreement

The STM's maintenance workers overwhelmingly voted to accept a seven-year contract with the transit corporation.  

Ratified by 96% of unionized workers, the agreement will conclude an over two-year-long labour dispute that included a contentious work slowdown at one point.

An agreement-in-principle was reached on February 28th between the STM and Syndicat du transport de Montréal (STM–CSN) after a provincial mediator helped the two sides agree on the final terms of the deal.

Both the STM and union officials found good things to say about the agreement.  

Gleason Frenette, the STM-CSN's president, wrote on the union's Facebook page that the organization is "pleased with the agreement on the recommendation of the mediator, who has done an excellent job of bringing the parties together."

Meanwhile, in a similar statement, the STM noted that the deal will allow the commission "the possibility of creating positions in evening and night shifts in its centres, which is a long-standing demand.”