June 7, 2019 – Last week, employees represented by amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 voted to reject the City of Winnipeg`s final contract offer. We are disappointed with the results of the vote and believe that we have made a fair and reasonable offer. The City has asked the province to appoint an arbitrator so that we can conclude these negotiations. The city and the atU were informed by letter dated June 4 that an arbitrator had been appointed and would contact the parties to assist them and arrange meetings if necessary. The City is committed to continuing negotiations with the ATU in a fair and reasonable manner and looks forward to a successful conclusion of collective bargaining that will not result in an interruption of transit services for the thousands of riders who rely on them every day. The ATU is located since the 31st. May 2019 in a position of legal strike. The overtime ban introduced by the ATU in June 2019 met the definition of a strike under the Industrial Relations Act. This ATU strike officially ended the previous collective agreement. So far, however, the city has worked under the terms of the previous collective agreement.
It is also important to note that in a previous collective agreement, the ATU negotiated an element called payment instead of breaks. Operators currently receive an annual payment equivalent to approximately 40 hours of salary at the end of the year. In 2018, instead of breaks, the payment cost the city just over $1 million. ATU is now asking for the mandatory payback time, but has not proposed to end the practice of payment instead of breaks. The City of Winnipeg and ATU 1505 will begin negotiations on January 4, 2019. The City is committed to negotiating with the ATU in a fair and reasonable manner and looks forward to a successful conclusion of the negotiations that will not result in an interruption of transit services for the thousands of riders who rely on them every day. „To be very clear, the city is not violating the provisions of the collective agreement in any way,“ Dreidger told PressProgress. .