City and ATU reach tentative agreement

Press release.

After two days of negotiations, the City of Guelph and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 negotiating teams reached a second tentative agreement. The agreement is subject to ratification by the ATU Local 1189 membership and Guelph City Council.

“We are hopeful that ATU’s membership will ratify the agreement so we can proceed to a Council vote,” said City of Guelph Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert. “If this deal is ratified, we will be able to get Guelph Transit serving our community again as we work to rebuild the important relationship with our transit employees.”

The members of ATU Local 1189 will vote to accept or reject the tentative agreement on Thursday, August 7. If ratified by the ATU membership, Guelph City Council will hold a special meeting to vote on the agreement. The city is working with members of Council to confirm the special Council meeting date.

“We share an interest with the City to get our buses running as soon as possible,” said ATU Local 1189 President Andy Cleary. “I believe this agreement meets the needs of our membership and addresses many of our workplace concerns.”

Until the agreement has been ratified by both parties, Guelph Transit service will remain suspended.

Details of the agreement will be shared once ATU Local 1189 and City Council have had the opportunity to ratify.

For more information regarding the negotiations between the City and ATU Local 1189, please visit guelph.ca/atu.

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2 responses to “City and ATU reach tentative agreement

  1. We are all endeavoring to end this dilemma ASAP. Right now, there is absolutely no service; staff of the ATU Local 1189 are picketing, no one is working….and they are voting on the agreement August 7th., after which Council has to call a special meeting. Hello? Is there anybody out there looking for transportation? The second tentative agreement was reached July 31. Simple question. Why is the ‘we are all working together to resolve this’ initial vote taking place August 7th – a full week after the tentative agreement is reached? Is everyone busy for the holiday weekend? Can’t get the voters together because they’re too busy picketing? City Council too booked with other issues? Shame on all of us. NR

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