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Conciliator taking part in city, transit negotiations

Negotiations between the city and the union representing Guelph Transit drivers are set to resume May 13 with help from a provincially appointed conciliator.
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has appointed conciliator Greg Long to assist with resolving outstanding bargaining issues between the city and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1189.
“We look forward to sitting down again with the ATU, with the help of a conciliator, and continuing negotiations to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” the city’s general manager of human resources, David Godwaldt, said in a news release.
“We’re committed to negotiating a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for Guelph Transit employees and long-term affordability for Guelph taxpayers,” he said.
Since last fall, the city and the union have met a total of 14 days to negotiate terms of a new contract for 205 Guelph Transit employees, the release said.
Discussions have been respectful, but have not achieved the progress the city expects, it said.
The city requested help from a conciliator on March 27 to help move bargaining forward. For more on the bargaining process and the previous contract, visit guelph.ca/atu.

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