MVT and ATU agree to binding arbitration to resolve labour dispute
VANCOUVER, Dec. 31 /CNW/ - MVT Canadian Bus, the provider of HandyDART services in Metro Vancouver, today announced that following a mediation session with Vince Ready, MVT and ATU have agreed to binding arbitration which will end the labour dispute effective January 4th, 2010.
"In the interest of serving our passengers, MVT and the ATU have agreed to binding arbitration with Vince Ready," said John Siragusa, Vice President Operations. "Binding arbitration will enable us to resume service and provide high quality and reliable transportation to everyone who relies on HandyDart," added Siragusa.
MVT and the ATU have been in negotiations for the last year. An agreement had been reached by the parties but was voted down by the membership on December 23, 2009. In an effort to resolve the outstanding issues, both parties agreed to have Vince Ready mediate on December 29, 2009. After a full day of mediation on December 30th, MVT and the ATU agreed to binding arbitration.
Mr. Ready will accept submissions from both parties during the week of January 4, 2010. HandyDART service will resume at that same time with full service and a final arbitration expected the week of January 11, 2010.
"We are happy that we will begin to serve our passengers by taking reservations on January 4th and expect to resume full service the week of January 11th," said Siragusa. "We know how hard this has been for our passengers and we regret the inconvenience it has caused," added Siragusa.
MVT's HandyDART service provides transportation to customers who are unable to use public transit without assistance, including many seniors, the seriously ill and persons with cognitive or physical disabilities. HandyDART is the only means of transportation for many of its customers.
SOURCE MVT CANADIAN BUS
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