By Sara Powers

(CBS DETROIT) – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the Detroit Department of Transportation announced a proposal that would allow DDOT bus drivers to earn up to $4,000 per year in bonuses.

The proposal is being submitted as a Memorandum of Understanding to City Council that would amend the current collective bargaining agreement.

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“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,” said Mayor Duggan. “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.”

Bus drivers are eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus each quarter if they are on the job working for a minimum of 480 hours that quarter.

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If a driver does not meet the 480-hour requirement or misses three shifts, will not be eligible for the bonus for that quarter but will be able to start fresh and be eligible for a bonus when the next quarter starts.

If it is approved, it would be in effect for one year starting July 1 and then it will be evaluated to see if the incentive should continue or be modified.

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