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Tentative agreement reached between city, local transit workers

The union representing the workers is currently trying to secure a venue to hold a ratification vote
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The Amalgamated Transit Union local 1189, which represents transit workers at Guelph Transit, is proud to announce a tentative agreement with the City of Guelph. The negotiations were led by President Scott Bate who shared the following comments on the tentative agreement.

“This deal was reached due to the groundswell of member support we had in building our list of proposals,” said Bate. “A strong majority of transit workers participated in the construction of our union bargaining proposals. We also had intensive bargaining preparations. We are also proud to say we achieved the current tentative agreement in just eight bargaining sessions. Our team was extremely focused and worked efficiently.”

The union leadership feels confident about this collective agreement because it addresses the dire need for better work-life balance for employees and their families.

“Our extensive transit worker consultation process made crystal clear at the same work-life balance issues faced by many Canadians was being felt by Guelph Transit workers too. Through their union and the collective bargaining process, we feel that we have worked together as one force to win adequate work-life balance for workers while delivering great service to our passengers and clients,” added Bate.

The leaders of ATU local 1189 are working on securing a venue to hold a democratic ratification vote, meaning the workers will vote to accept or reject the amendments to their union contract. A ratification vote is required by the Ontario Labour Relations Act.