Jan 12, 2008

Go Transit resolves contract dispute

Good news for Go Transit users. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 and GO Transit's Board of Directors have ratified a new labour contract. The union said that 72 per cent of its members voted to ratify the new contract on Friday. This will avert any strike or lockout. At this time I have very little knowledge of what has been agreed to except that it is a four-year agreement, effective June 1, 2007.

This has been an interesting round of negotiations and I am hoping that Durham Region and CAW Local 222 were paying attention. This could be a lesson to them that it is possible to settle a transit labour contract without a strike. As far as I am concern both sides were responsible for Durham Region Transit's strike in 2006. When I say both sides I don't mean the employees or the Durham Region Transit's management team. I am talking about the Region Councilors and the CAW union's leaders.

There is another threat of a strike brewing on the horizon. Next stop Whitby. Presently DRT contracts the Whitby routes out to Trentway Wagar Coach Canada. The employees there are represented by the same CAW Local 222 that represents the rest of the DRT unionized employees. The union has receiving a 89 percent strike mandate from it's members. We will have to wait and see if this small group are able to do a better job at settling a contract.

Related link: GO and ATU ratify contract

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