A potential GO Transit bus strike has been averted.
The union representing 1, 850 GO workers, including bus drivers, was in a legal strike position as of midnight Sunday, but just after 2:30 a.m. it was announced that the two sides reached a tentative agreement.
Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikin says it is a 4-year deal, but the specifics will be kept under wraps until after a vote is held. She believes that may "happen within the next week or so."
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 and Metrolinx spent the weekend trying to hammer out a new collective agreement. Before the start of talks, ATU described their relationship as being at an all-time low, marked by a lack of trust. At 8 pm Sunday, both sides were still at the bargaining table.
ATU Local 1587 also represents maintenance and transit safety staff, some office workers, station attendants and ticket agents.
Metrolinx, which operates GO, said if their drivers had walked off the job, there wouldn't have been any bus service, as well as no weekend train service to Barrie and to Niagara.
On a typical Monday, 53, 000 people would hop on a GO bus. GTA highways could also be more congested if people opt to drive.
The details of the tentative contract have not been made public.