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Transit lockout

City of Guelph

On Tuesday afternoon, 80 per cent of the ATU members voted to ratify the tentative agreement with the city.

Transit union boss happy about deal with city

By Laurie Snell
Guelph Tribune
After a two week lockout, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1189 president Andrew Cleary is thrilled buses will be up and running Friday.
“Many members told me, ‘We ratified for the citizens of Guelph.’ We were looking out for the citizens of Guelph,” Cleary said, adding that was the overwhelming response from union members Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday afternoon, 80 per cent of the ATU members voted to ratify the tentative agreement with the city. Cleary said that union members shared a few different reasons for their vote.
Cleary said that face-to-face bargaining was most effective in breaking down the language of the agreement.
Clarifying and negotiating the language allowed both parties to come to terms, and address many concerns the union members had – including washroom and lunch facilities for drivers, he said.
“We’re on good footing with the city and we can repair this relationship. All parties are committed to moving forward,” Cleary said.
“We’ve got a pretty committed group of riders and we’re very pleased with the olive branch the city is giving to transit users.”
The ATU Local 1189 members are hoping the free service until August 15 will encourage riders to use public transit for their commute, after two weeks of alternative accommodations.
“I’m excited to pick up my riders Friday morning,” Cleary said.

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