Truckers back on parkway job, with raise
Truck drivers working on the $1.4-billion Windsor-Essex Parkway project were back on the job Monday.
The drivers, who were contracted by Amico Contracting of Oldcastle, Ont., alleged they were making far less than the going rate elsewhere in Ontario.
Amico officials and representatives of the drivers met Saturday. They negotiated a wage increase of $2/hr after walking off the job Friday.
Cindy Prince is the spokesperson for Amico
"These type of delays are hard on everybody. You know, the drivers themselves, they didn't like not working during that time. They did what they believe what was effective. And Amico did what it felt it had to do," Prince said. "Hopefully, they've set the foundation for very positive dealings in the future."
Prince said the drivers now make $65/hr hour. She said both parties should revisit the agreement next month. Princes said the additional $2 was less than what many of the drivers were looking for.
"It was sufficient enough to get everyone back to work," Prince said. "Certainly in the Windsor area, $63 or $65 is more the norm."
The truckers are not represented by a union. Prince said the meeting improved the relationship between Amico and the truckers.