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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Halifax bus drivers lose on pay

As new contract plays out, local drivers will make less than their counterparts elsewhere in Atlantic Canada.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM

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Bus driver Barry Barager sends the following email:
Here is a comparison of transit operator wages in the major Atlantic Canadian cities. Moncton is not included as their contract expired in 2010. At that time they were earning $21.50/hr.

HRM - $24.00
St Johns - $24.09
Saint John - $22.65

HRM - $24.48
St Johns - $24.93
Saint John - $23.75

HRM - $24.97
St Johns - $25.93
Saint John - $24.95

HRM - $25.46
St Johns - $26.58
Saint John - $26.15 (last year of contract)

HRM - $25.97 (last year of contract)
St Johns - $27.24 (last year of contract)

I did not consider signing bonuses or other perks (St Johns Nfld gets $450/year in lieu of 15 min breaks and free passes for their families, for example). As you can see Operators in the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Atlantic Canada are (or will be) the lowest paid. It might be a good idea to get that info out before all the nurses, firemen, policemen, welders etc start quitting their jobs and applying at transit.

My numbers come from the ATU Canada site, where all public ATU collective agreements are posted.

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