12/17/2013 04:04 EST | Updated 02/16/2014 05:59 EST

All aboard: Regina city council approves new contract for transit drivers

REGINA - Regina's city council has approved a three-year contract that gives transit drivers an 8.5 per cent raise over three years.

About 240 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 588 will receive a 2.75 per cent wage increase in 2013, a further 2.75 per cent in 2014 and a three per cent increase in 2015.

The 2013 raise is retroactive to Jan. 1.

Transit employees with more than five years of experience will receive an additional 20-cent-an-hour increase.

The total cost to the city for wages, benefits and long-service recognition is about $1.3 million.

The union had threatened to shut down transit before the Grey Cup game on Nov. 24, but a tentative deal was reached before then.