In a statement released this week, the union representing Winnipeg bus drivers accused the Winnipeg city government of not meeting a promised increase for “long-term” bus drivers who have worked with Winnipeg Transit for more than five years. Recognizing the ATU`s concerns with flexible replacement companies, but also recognizing the desire of the ATU and the city to improve working conditions and work-life balance, the city`s offer contains an amendment to a union proposal that would allow the bus companies to be reinstated in retirement to cover bus companies` requests for day leave. The city has also abandoned the requirement for flexibility of alternative companies. It is also important to note that, in an earlier collective agreement, ATU negotiated a position called payment in The Place of Rest Breaks. Operators currently receive an annual payment of approximately 40 hours of entitled wage time at the end of the year. In 2018, the payment in Lieu of Rest Breaks cost the city just over $1 million. ATU is now requesting the mandatory collection period, but has not proposed to end the payment practice in Lieu of Rest Breaks. No no. Winnipeg Transit Service is not currently involved in ongoing collective bargaining; However, any form of work stoppage by ATU 1505 can have a direct impact on the shipping establishment. Winnipeg transit operators and mechanics have reached a preliminary agreement with the City of Winnipeg. October 4, 2019 – We are pleased to learn that atU membership has ratified the interim agreement between the parties.
We believe this is a fair and reasonable matter for all parties involved, including The taxpayers of Winnipeg. The details of the agreement are presented in an administrative report recommending the ratification of the interim agreement to the EPC and the Council. August 8, 2019 – The City of Winnipeg implements the measures available to it as an employer under the Labour Relations Act to reach an agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1505 (ATU). The ATU also accepted salary increases, including a $200 signing bonus for all members in 2019.