June 2, 2014 1:01 pm

GO Transit strike averted after overnight talks

ABOVE: GO Transit riders can keep go-ing about their daily commute after a strike was averted Monday morning

TORONTO – Thousands of commuters in the Greater Toronto Area can breathe a huge sigh of relief.

A strike that threatened to shut down GO Transit bus service this morning has been averted.

A tentative agreement on a four year contract was reached overnight as negotiations between Metrolinx and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 continued past the midnight strike deadline.

The local represents 1,850 GO workers, including bus drivers, maintenance personnel, safety staff and some office workers.

Shutting down the bus service would have impacted an estimated 53,000 daily commuters.

Details of the tentative contract have not been released, and there’s no word yet on a date for a ratification vote, however, it`s expected to happen some time this week.

WATCH: Antony Robart speaks to Anne Marie Aikins of Metrolinx about the aversion of the GO Transit strike

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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