DETROIT – On Monday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that all bus drivers within the Detroit Department of Transportation could earn up to $4,000 a year in bonuses. Drivers will have to meet a minimum attendance requirement to be eligible.
Duggan announced the proposal will be considered for approval by the city council this week. Drivers who meet the attendance milestones can earn $1,000 quarterly. The attendance requirement is 480 hours a quarter, and drivers can’t miss three scheduled shifts. Drivers can get a fresh start at the beginning of every quarter to qualify for the quarterly bonus.
According to a press release, the incentive could cost up to $2 million. If approved, the initiative would start on July 1.
“We have worked to steadily increase the base pay for our bus drivers, who have been among our most important front-line workers since the start of the pandemic,” Duggan said. “This is one way we can thank them for their dedication and provide a real incentive for them to show up regularly for work, because the service our riders receive directly depends on them.”
The press release states that with the new proposal, contracted drivers will also receive annual pay increases of 2.5% each year for four years.
“We felt that doing this on a quarterly basis, as opposed to an annual basis, was fair and made sense,” said Executive Director of Transit, Mikel Oglesby. “We understand that circumstances may arise that makes a driver ineligible for a bonus at some point, but we want them to know there is another opportunity just around the corner.”