GRT strike averted, tentative agreement reached
Published Sunday, April 2, 2017 4:04PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, April 2, 2017 7:29PM EDT
Around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Grand River Transit workers represented by Unifor Local 4303 and the Region of Waterloo reached a tentative agreement.
The deadline for was set for midnight on Sunday, with potential strike set to begin in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge on Monday morning.
Talks were held throughout the weekend as the strike deadline was announced last Thursday for Mon., Apr. 3.
“The union is pleased to have reached a mutual agreement with the employer to address Unifor’s main concerns, and will keep our drivers on the road serving the people of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge,” said Tim Mitchell, a representative with Unifor National.
Workplace health and safety were among the main topics in negotiations.
The union represents more than 600 transit operators, service attendants, and skilled trades workers at GRT.
Transit services will continue with ratification votes held on Monday. A new strike deadline has been set for 5 a.m. on Wed., Apr. 5.