Oct 29, 2006

Tentative deal in Durham strike

The following appeared in The Toronto Star.

Durham Region and its striking transit workers have reached a tentative settlement to end their 24-day strike.

Full service should resume by Thursday.

DRT general manager Ted Galinis said in a statement this morning that he looks forward to the return of service. Human resources commissioner Garth Johns said in the same statement he believes the deal is fair to both sides offering something to staff but also "respects the taxpayers of Durham Region."

Full transit services are expected to resume after Council and members of the Canadian Auto Workers ratify the agreement. A special meeting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The union represents some 300 bus drivers, maintenance and clerical workers. About 30,000 people in Clarington, Pickering, Ajax and Oshawa use the system regularly.

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