STM maintenance employees voted on Sunday to approve a six-day rotating strike mandate.
Nearly 2,400 STM workers who repair the city’s buses and trains voted 98% on a mandate that included a six-day bank strike at a time deemed appropriate.
The union’s main concerns include a lack of work-life balance for its workers.
“Never in the history of our union has the employer been so demanding and aggressive about union gains,” says union president Gleason Frenette, in a statement.
The worker’s collective agreement with the STM expired on January 6 and both parties have met over 30 times since last April to try and hash out a deal.
“At some point, we have to face the fact that we have no choice. You have to stand up and stay in solidarity, ” said Frenette.
However, Frenette said that the union’s main priority is reaching a fair settlement.
“We are not closed, we are ready to work and to find the necessary solutions to reach an acceptable and respectful collective agreement towards our workers.”