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Strike by GO Transit bus drivers averted

The two sides announced a tentative agreement around 2:30 Sunday morning

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.

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  1. Ernie posted on 06/01/2014 06:58 PM
    Very interesting timing for all this.
    If Wynne caves and gives the drivers the bank - it shows that she is incapable of managing public employees.

    If she acts tough and doesn't settle, she is the premier who cant get transit moving despite her rhetoric. She cant win in this scenario. Nor should she - time for her to go!
    1. █Alex█ posted on 06/01/2014 07:34 PM
      @Ernie █And Tim's plan would include mostly part time workers, with few benefits management harassment, human rights concerns, and profit vs. people█
      █The facts don't look that good for Tim's Wal~tario.█
    2. David posted on 06/01/2014 09:27 PM
      @█Alex█ Tim's plan calls for getting rid of useless desk sitting bureaucrats and management through attrition. Not firing front line workers like nurses, teachers and those drivers. Are you so stupid that you can not tell the difference?
    3. █Alex█ posted on 06/01/2014 10:25 PM
      @David █And the new million jobs are going to be in what sector, please tell us?██Walmart McDonalds or Canada's Wonderland?█
    4. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 06/02/2014 05:51 AM
      @David Typical uninformed Con voter !
      Read Tea Party Tim's plan again.
      Front line workers WILL BE FIRED !!

      20,000 positions in education will be eliminated - annual attrition doesn't come within a country mile of that number.
      * Teachers will lose jobs as class sizes increase.
      * ECE's will be let go as kindergarten is changed.
      * EA's will be let go
      * School secretaries will have hours cut back

      Almost 10,000 health worker positions will be eliminated.
      * Nurses will be let go as patient loads are increased.
      * PSW's will lose jobs as services are cut..
      * Waiting times will increase as services are cut.

      Be wary of Hudak - he is Harris X 10 !!!
    5. Ernie posted on 06/02/2014 08:22 AM
      @█Alex█ @Alex
      So your saying that all private companies - non unionized are like that - you are more full of shit than the local sewage treatment plant!
    6. Dean posted on 06/02/2014 10:03 AM
      @█Alex█ And do tell, Alex: Where is the reliable source that's giving you the inside scoop on details for the PC Plan? The voices in your head don't count.

      If that question made your head hurt from thinking too hard, here's an easier one: Which is better, living off welfare or having a job? The Liberals and NDP have the former in mind for every person in Ontario, while Tim Hudak is trying to create the latter.
    7. Jack posted on 06/02/2014 10:08 AM
      @█Alex█ I work a full-time, entry-level job for 45K a year in an honest, non-union company with the same health benefits and protection of my human rights that EVERY SINGLE CANADIAN gets as part of labour law.

      The unions who fought for those laws died twenty years ago, and were replaced with wannabe-mafiosos like Bob Kinnear. They do nothing but fight as hard as they can to exploit as many people as they can for short-term gain, ignoring long-term sustainability. Hell, look at the postal worker strikes from a few years ago.

      Tim Hudak wants to make it easier for companies to create more jobs like mine; the Liberals and NDP want to punish companies for the same thing with costly regulations and a nonsensical "job tax." This is why I voted PC in the advance polls on Saturday.

      People, educate yourselves. Read the Liberal and NDP platforms, see how they'll keep Ontario as a have-not province. Then read the PC platform and find out exactly how it will benefit you, and the rest of Ontario, to vote PC on June 12.
  2. Etobi-COKE Voter Who Thinks The Fords Stink posted on 06/02/2014 03:44 AM
    Most of his "millionaire" jobs will be filled by TFWs. Temporary Foreign Workers. His buddy Steve Harpo another dull Etobicoke boy will just open the floodways for more TFWs. Say hello to Perlita and Jose who will be doing burgers at Harvey's, cleaning the rooms at Holiday Inn, stocking the shelves at Wal-Mart and slagging the bags for Porter Airlines (big user of TFWs--don't believe that bull about their job creation. Oh yeah they have minimal benefit on the Ontario economy as they send their dough home with the hopes of bringing their cancer ridden grandma to Canada to sponge off our health system. Your 16 year old looking for work will not be able to fill these jobs and unemployed electrical engineers from Ontario Power Generation will just leave Ontario pull down a big salary elsewhere and pay taxes there.

    Yeah Tim Who-Dat another burned out bulb in the tradition of the Fords.
  3. Frankie posted on 06/02/2014 09:47 AM
    Metrolinx is a Liberal entity, not the arms-length organization the Liberals are trying to con us into believing. Guaranteed the Liberals opened up the vaults to avoid a strike and know that if the details were made public they'd lose even more support, otherwise why hide it until after the election, which I'm sure is when it'll be made public.
  4. john posted on 06/02/2014 10:37 AM
    so let me get this str8 . if we got to use HO trans we need to pay more ? i hope we get a BJ during the trip we would be getting screwed anyways might as well get something out of it .
  5. lisa posted on 06/02/2014 11:03 AM
    Do politicians and the public see the relationship bewtween these contracts and interest rates? Both go up together, as real estate prices come down. Maybe a strike would have been a better choice.

    Why don't gov. negotiators tie contracts to inflation increases, to be determined at the end of each and every year and not before?
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