October 25, 2017 12:02 pm

Transit strike averted as union, Peterborough reach tentative deal

A tentative agreement has been reached between the City of Peterborough and the local transit union.


The City of Peterborough and the local transit union have reached a new tentative agreement, averting a potential strike.

The agreement was announced on Wednesday — two days prior to the deadline set by the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1320 to reach a deal. A strike deadline has been set for midnight Sunday.

Negotiations commenced in the spring and in August, the union voted 93 per cent in favour of job action.

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The city says the new labour agreement —if ratified — will take effect retroactively to July 1, 2017.

“The agreement will be presented to the membership of ATU Local 1320 and to city council for ratification as soon as possible,” the city said in a news release. “Details about the tentative agreement will not be released until ratification by both parties.”

Union president Tyler Burns last week said wages and job safety for the 107 employees were key issues. It’s expected the union will review the agreement on Sunday with a final vote next Wednesday.

The city says all transit services — including conventional bus, Handi-van transportation, and service for Trent University, Fleming College and the local school boards’ Student Transportation Services — will continue pending ratification.

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