STM, maintenance workers strike tentative deal

There may soon be labor peace between the STM and its maintenance workers' union following years of bitter negotiations.

A mediator has helped hash out a contract between the two sides following an all-night negotiating session that wrapped up at 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

The workers have been without a contract since January 2016.

The STM says the deal addresses issues including overtime, wages, and pensions. It still has to be ratified by the 2,400 rank-and-file union members.

The union's leadership is expected to meet with its members during the day Thursday to recommend that they accept the deal.

Last week, the Quebec Labor Board ordered the workers to end their illegal pressure tactics, such as deliberately working more slowly — which resulted in fewer buses on the roads.