TORONTO, Jan. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The members of Amalgamated Transit Union
Local 113 who have been on strike against Veolia since October 24 have
voted overwhelmingly to reject the company's final offer in a labour
177 employees voted today by secret ballot at the Monte Carlo Inn in
Vaughan. The vote was 133 to 43 to reject the offer. There was one
"At last, York Region Chairman Bill Fisch has to come to terms with the
fact that this is not a union-driven decision," said Bob Kinnear,
president of ATU Local 113. Our members voted individually by secret
ballot to reject an inferior offer even though they have been on strike
for three months. "
"Fisch's tactic of firing one of the contractors in an attempt to
intimidate our members did not work. The timing of the announcement
that Fist Student was being fired by the Region is obviously suspect.
We will be serving York Region with an unfair labour practices
complaint at the labour board."
Kinnear said that the union has always been willing to negotiate but
that it was Veolia that walked away from a union offer to settle in
December and have not returned or even responded.
"We have said from the beginning that a neutral arbitration process is
the way to go and that still holds true today. We will go back to work
tomorrow and arbitrate an end to this dispute if the Region agrees, for
reasons that Bill Fisch fails to explain. This is his strike. It would
have been over long ago if he had agreed to arbitration when we
proposed it in early November."
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113
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