City buses are off the roads indefinitely after the members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189 voted to reject a tentative contract agreement on Sunday night (July 20).
With the tentative agreement defeated, the city reinstituted a lockout originally set to begin Monday July 14. The lockout officially began at 12:01 a.m. July 21.
“Guelph Transit Services are halted indefinitely until such time as members of ATU Local 1189 reconsider the city’s offer,” a city news release said.
July Guelph Transit pass holders are being offered a refund for the second half of the month.
The refunds, which are available to both regular and affordable bus pass holders will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday July 23 at the following locations:
• City hall
• Evergreen Seniors Community Centre
• Victoria Road Recreation Centre
• West End Community Centre
Refunds of 50 per cent of the pass’s value will be paid to customers either in the same form of payment as the original purchase, in cash to customers who paid by cheque, or in form of a credit toward a future bus pass purchase.
For details on picket lines, city service disruptions and frequently asked questions, visit guelphtransit.ca.
For more detailed coverage of the lockout, see Tuesday’s Guelph Tribune print edition.