Tri-Board school transportation workers will address Limestone District School Board trustees today, in advance of April 3 strike deadline

KINGSTON, ON – Representatives of the seven employees who work for Tri-Board Student Transportation Services plan to ask Limestone District School Board Trustees to intervene, at their meeting tonight, to avoid a strike.

The affected workers are members of CUPE Local 1479, and they are poised to walk off the job in a legal strike on Monday, April 3 if their proposal for a fair wage increase is not accepted.

They are on the agenda to plead their case at Wednesday night’s meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Limestone board offices (220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston).

Also on the agenda to speak are members of CUPE Local 1480 – education workers like educational assistants, early childhood educators, custodians, clerical staff – a majority of whom have endorsed a letter to Trustees asking them to pay the Tri-Board workers a fair wage.

“Tri-Board transportation planners are the lowest-paid of similar transportation planners across the province, earning 19% below the average,” said Liz James, President of CUPE Local 1479. “Trustees should use their power to direct Tri-Board to pay their workers a fair wage. It would cost them a tiny fraction of their budget.”

Tri-Board employees and CUPE Locals 1479 and 1022 – representing education support workers at Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic DSB and Hastings & Prince Edward DSB respectively – requested to speak at the other two transportation consortium controlling school boards’ Trustee meetings this week, but were denied permission to make delegations.

The strike deadline is 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 3. The employer and workers’ bargaining committee have not scheduled a negotiating date before then but are working with a mediator appointed by the Ministry of Labour.

Quick Facts:

  • Tri-Board is a transportation consortium that is jointly controlled by Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB), Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) and Limestone District School Board (LDSB).
  • Tri-Board transportation planners design over 620 school bus routes in the Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, Prince Edward, and Hastings counties of eastern Ontario.
  • The cost to settle this dispute and avoid a disruptive strike is a tiny fraction of each of the three school boards’ budgets: less than $20,000 or only about $6,500 per school board – less than three one-thousandths of one percent of each board’s budget.
School Board 2022 Budget 1/3 of Wage Adjustment Percentage of Total Budget
Limestone DSB $270 million $6,500 0.0024%
Hastings and Prince Edward DSB $222 million $6,500 0.0029%
Algonquin and Lakeshore CDSB $177 million $6,500 0.0037%


  • The Tri-Board managers filed for conciliation after only two days of bargaining last July. Three days of negotiations, with a conciliation officer appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Labour acting as an intermediary, took place January and February 2023. A fourth conciliation meeting between the two parties on March 17 did not result in an agreement.
  • A fair labour market adjustment wage increase is the major outstanding issue. The workers have already voted down a tentative agreement the included a lower wage offer from the employer.

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Ken Marciniec

CUPE Communications

[email protected]

416-803-6066 (cell)