York Region transit workers vote to accept Veolia settlement

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.

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