Owner/operators ratify agreement with Highland Transport

MONTREAL, Que. — Members of the United Steelworkers’ (USW) 1976 have ratified a new, three-year collective agreement with Highland Transport.

After months of bargaining, a tentative agreement was first reached by the union’s negotiating committee and the Markham, Ont.-based carrier back on May 6. Voting on the contract was done by mail ballot and counted in Montreal.

Ratified by a majority vote, some of the highlights of the agreement include: fuel-price caps in each of the three years, payment for crossing borders, a review of benefits, the right to appoint health and safety representatives at major operating points.

Highland Transport truckers are owner/operators and come under the jurisdiction of federal labour law. They operate in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, the western provinces and the U.S.

The full memorandum of settlement is available at www.local1976uswa.ca.

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