TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Transit workers in York Region have voted to
accept the tentative settlement reached late on February 13. The
settlement had initially been turned down in a February 16 vote but the
union called a re-vote following a petition from a significant majority
of the membership. Today's vote was 114-83 in favour of the settlement.
"Because there appeared to be some misunderstanding about the
application of the monetary parts of the settlement, we accepted the
members' petition and allowed the re-vote," said Bob Kinnear, President
of Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 113. "This was an unusual
situation but it has now been resolved."
The four-year agreement calls for wage increases totalling 10.5 per cent
over the life of the contract, plus a signing bonus of $600 per worker.
Other features of the settlement include four paid sick days annually,
an increase in the company's payment towards health care benefits and a
phased-in recognition of seniority, for vacation purposes, of the
workers' service with the prior transit contractor.
Local 113 also represents another group of Veolia workers in York Region
- the Viva bus operators whose contract comes up for renewal in the
early fall of this year.
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
For further information:
Laura Ziemba, 416-712-0412.