Local 1722 of the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Nicola Valley Transportation Society, operator of the Merritt Transit system have agreed to a new five-year contract. A ratification vote was conducted by the ATU today in Merritt. The proposed agreement received a strong positive vote
While the agreement provided for no concessions and industry standard wage increases, the main selling points to members were new and improved clauses protecting their rights, an increase in health employer contributions to the health plan and the introduction of sick day provisions.
According to Bargaining Committee member Tim Larsen, the agreement puts the system on a sound basis for the coming years. “With the expansion in service we will see next year, it was important to get a sound five-year deal,” said Larsen.
In January. late night service hours will be increased, Sunday and on-demand service will be introduced and frequency to Lower Nicola will be increased.
With the tenth anniversary of the Merritt transit system approaching, it continues to be a held up by BC Transit as an outstanding example of a small system in BC.
"ATU 1722 is proud to be a part of this success story,” said ATU President Scott Lovell.