SASKATOON, March 4, 2016 /CNW/ - ATU Canada has been following the events of ATU Local 615, Saskatoon, during the ongoing negotiations. We fully support the members of Local 615 and are extremely confident in the ability of local president Jim Yakubowski and local 615's bargaining committee in this ongoing battle that has lasted just over 3 years now. Just last October the City was ordered by the Labour Board to pay the Union Local 651K in damages over an illegal lockout. The Union has made numerous attempts to bargain in good faith and work in collaboration with the City to resolve these outstanding issues. The City is trying to unload any potential pension shortfall liability on to the back of union members which is unacceptable. The City of Saskatoon is one of the most vibrant cities in Western Canada and yet its transit operators are the lowest paid in western Canada. Local 615 is all too well aware that that if the City forces the local into a corner the ridership ultimately suffers. It is the union that has been diligently working to avoid any service disruptions. Unfortunately it's the City that is not making the attempt to negotiate in good faith which ultimately strips the riders of their ability to get to work, to go to school and to get to medical appointments.
SOURCE ATU Canada
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For further information: Paul Thorp is the Canadian President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Canada (ATU Canada). ATU Canada represents working women and men in the bus industry from British Columbia to Newfoundland. Mr. Thorp can be reached at 416-679-8846 or 416-476-8350