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Guelph bus service suspended after workers reject agreement

Transit employees on the picket line as of midnight

There will be no bus service in Guelph on Monday after transit union members voted on Sunday to reject an agreement struck a week ago.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1189 members voted on Sunday to reject the latest offer by the city, which in turn said it would be locking out employees starting at midnight.

A tentative agreement endorsed by the union's executive had been negotiated in a 13-hour meeting the previous Sunday to avert a lockout that was to begin last Monday.

Andrew Cleary, president and business agent of Local 1189, said he was surprised by the outcome.

"I guess I didn't realize as many issues prevailed out there," said Cleary. He wasn't willing to elaborate further before meeting with city officials on Monday morning to discuss next steps.

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  1. john posted on 07/21/2014 12:48 PM
    overpaid underworked whiners unions .
    1. dama posted on 07/21/2014 01:11 PM
      @john You cant blame unionised workers that rejected a deal that had not taken into accounts of their grievances,.. maybe it is not just money..
  2. Jack posted on 07/21/2014 01:16 PM
    Well well, if it isn't my old friends in the ATU. I wonder, how long will it be before they claim that shutting down transit and preventing the low-income, young, elderly, and disabled residents of Guelph who can't afford a car or legally/physically operate one from going about their lives is all part of their message of "Sticking up for the little guy!"
    1. Dean posted on 07/21/2014 10:42 PM
      @Jack More like sticking it TO the little guy, for having the audacity not to be part of their jobs-for-life entitled-to-everything club.
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