Oct 21, 2006

Transit settlement reached

It appears a potential strike or lockout of city transit workers has been averted as the City of Thunder Bay and the Amalgamated Transit Union have come to a tentative agreement on a new five year contract.

A memorandum of settlement between the two sides was agreed to Tuesday afternoon, and service will continue for city transit riders, uninterrupted.

Details of the potential contract are being withheld until members of the transit union have had a chance to review the deal. What is known is that the new contract will cover retroactively, the two years the transit workers have been without a deal and extend for an additional three years.

Local 966 president Charlie Brown says he isn't necessarily recommending his members ratify the contract, but says they should look at it and make up their own mind. He says it's too bad the situation took so long to resolve.

The deal came after talks had been broken off on Friday, with the two sides then agreeing to get back to the table over the weekend.

Thunder Bay CAO Robert Petrie says he is extremely pleased to have come to an agreement. Petrie says he feels it's a fair and reasonable deal and consistent with other settlements reached lately. The contract will be voted on by transit workers on October 29, and will be put before council on the 30 for final approval. Link to article.

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