City hall issued the following news release after Guelph Transit workers nixed its contract offer:
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 members voted to reject the City of Guelph’s final contract offer.
The City believes it has exhausted all traditional negotiation options and, with the support of Guelph City Council, made the difficult decision to lock out the 205 members of ATU Local 1189 and suspend traditional Guelph Transit service as of 12:01 a.m. July 14. Guelph Transit Mobility Service for pre-booked medical appointments will continue during the labour disruption.
On Saturday, July 12, media representatives are invited to hear comments from Mayor Karen Farbridge and Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert explaining the reasons behind the City’s decision.
What: Media opportunity to ask questions about Guelph Transit union lock out
Who: Mayor Karen Farbridge
Chief Administrative Officer Ann Pappert
Where: City Hall Galleria, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, O
Here’s the city’s offer to transit workers
The city wants the public to know what kind of a deal it is offering its Guelph Transit employees in advance of a provincially monitored vote on that deal set to take place Friday July 11.
The city released some details of what it has called its “final offer” to members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1189 on Thursday July 10 in an effort to counteract what it called “sensational and inaccurate comments,” made by the union’s president.
“Based on recent comments made in the media by ATU’s president, the city believes the public and our employees have a right to know the facts and critical details of the city’s offer,” the city’s executive director of corporate and human resources, Mark Amorosi, said in a news release.
The details include the following proposed wage increases:
• July 1, 2013 – 1.7 per cent increase
• July 1, 2014 – 1.6 per cent increase
• July 1, 2015 – 1.6 per cent increase
• July 1, 2016 – 1.5 per cent increase
The offer will not impact employee health and medical benefits, the news release said.
The offer is consistent with recent agreements reached between other Ontario municipalities and their transit unions, including Grand River, London and Sudbury, it said.
“We encourage our transit union members to read the final offer for themselves and come to their own conclusions,” said Amorosi. “We value the contribution of our transit employees to an important city operation and hope to avoid any service disruption.”
Both the union and the city have been in a legal position to strike or lockout workers respectively since June 16.
Union members will get the chance to vote on the city’s offer on Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in a vote monitored by the Ministry of Labour. Results of the vote are expected later that evening.
The city has said if the contract is rejected, the city will meet to consider its options, including a potential lockout.