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DDOT, city of Detroit reach labor agreement

Detroit bus drivers get raise under new deal

DETROIT – The city of Detroit and the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus drivers' union have struck a new deal.

For the first time in 5 years, the city and the union have reached a collective bargaining agreement.

The deal impacts hundreds of bus drivers. Driver currently make between $11.38 and $16.25 an hour. Their wages will increase to between $12.06 and $17.23 an hour under the new contract, which includes a 13.5 percent increase over 4 years.

"To be honest with you, it's not the best deal as far as we're concerned for bus drivers. We would never be satisfied until we are parody with SMART and some of the other transportation systems in the area," said Fred A. Westbrook, president at ATU Local 26.

Mayor Mike Duggan pointed out the city's police officers and firefighters aren't parodied with their suburban counterparts. Duggan said he does want the DDOT drivers to make what SMART drivers are making, which is about $21 an hour.