The union representing workers of Mississauga Transit has reached a tentative agreement with the City.
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 1572, representing bus drivers, garage maintenance staff and service employees, hammered out an agreement with the City Saturday at 5:30 a.m., and with it has averted the threat of a possible strike.
The current collective agreement expires today. Union president Vito Thomas did not divulge details of the new agreement. He said the settlement will be presented to members Oct. 1 for ratification.
The union and management have come to an agreement. In order to have the issue finalized, the members will vote as to whether it is acceptable. If the union members turn the offer down they will be following the same path that was taken at the TTC and Veolia Transportation (Viva).
This trend is not only limited to the GTA. It is occurring across the country. The union and management negotiating teams come to an agreement on paper, then the members vote it down. There appears to be a break down between the union executive and the union members.
The Viva transit strike in York Region continues. Under the guidance of a provincial mediator talks are scheduled to begin again today. Yesterday York region applied for a court injunction to limit picket delays at regional terminals. The action was dropped after an agreement with the union on the amount of delays cause by pickets.
I would like all those people that are calling for transit to be an essential service to please take note that Ontario Government is nowhere in sight with the Viva Veolia strike. If this had happen in Toronto, the transit workers would have already been forced back to the job, but they still would not be classed as essential service.
The labour contract at Durham Region Transit expires in 2009. This will affect transit in the entire region except in the town of Whitby. Presently DRT contracts the Whitby routes out to Trentway Wagar Coach Canada. They are unionized but have a seperate contract from the rest of DRT.