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Grand River Transit strike averted by 11th-hour deal between Waterloo Region, Unifor

A Grand River Transit bus travelling eastbound on King Street West beside the Grand River Hospital ION LRT station in Kitchener.
A Grand River Transit bus travelling eastbound on King Street West beside the Grand River Hospital ION LRT station in Kitchener. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A Grand River Transit strike was averted just ahead of a midnight deadline on Monday.

Waterloo Region announced it had reached a deal with Unifor, the union representing Grand River Transit employees, on Monday night.

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“This new collective agreement addresses the top concerns of members and ensures that the buses will be on the road Tuesday morning,” Unifor president Jerry Dias said in a statement.

The union had a strike mandate at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, although earlier in the day, Dias had said bus drivers would not walk off the job until 2 a.m.

The two sides had been in negotiations on a new deal since October.

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There were talks held all weekend and throughout Monday in an effort to reach a deal.

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The deal will still need to be ratified by the union before it becomes official. Members are scheduled to vote on whether to approve the deal on Sunday.