DOWNSVIEW, ON, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - York Region Transit workers who
work for Veolia Transport's Viva division have voted to end their
three-month-old strike by accepting the contractor's latest offer on a
recommendation from their union's bargaining committee.
The vote was 129 to 35 to approve a settlement that provides for wage
increases of 10.8 per cent over the four-year term of the new
agreement. The workers had voted by 75 per cent to reject the
contractor's previous "final offer" in a labour board supervised vote
on January 17. In addition to the wage increases, there was also a
significant increase in the employer-paid portion of the health care
benefits package, additional paid sick day and other improvements.
"The improvement in the benefits premium payments alone, relative to the
offer that was rejected earlier this month, will be worth thousands of
dollars to our members over the course of this contract," said ATU
Local 113 President Bob Kinnear. "And that benefit is ongoing."
"The members made the right choice in turning down Veolia's supposed
final offer ten days ago. We knew there was more there and they proved
Kinnear blamed York Region Chairman Bill Fisch for the duration of the
dispute, the longest transit strike in GTA history.
"We are very happy that this is over but honestly, it could have been
resolved three months ago if Bill Fisch, who alone costs the taxpayers
about a quarter-million dollars a year, had agreed to the union's offer
way back in early November to end the strike immediately through
"Maybe some York Region councillor will have the guts to ask him what
was achieved by unnecessarily prolonging the dispute for months, but
I'm not holding my breath on that. I've never seen such a group of
Full bus service will resume according to a schedule determined by
This settlement is not tied to negotiations with Miller Transit, which
involves ATU Local 1587. Those negotiations are ongoing.
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
For further information:
Bill Reno, 416-223-7366