Guelph Transit lockout cancelled, buses running
City reaches tenative agreement with local transit union
Guelph city buses will be running on a regular schedule Monday after the city and the transit union reached a tentative agreement late Sunday night.
The agreement comes after a day-long meeting between the city and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1189 with the provincially-appointed conciliator, according to a release from the city.
“The members of ATU Local 1189 have wanted to continue to serve Guelph’s transit riders,” said ATU Local 1189 President Andy Cleary in a release.
“For many Guelph residents we are their sole source of transportation, and we look forward to continuing to support our community.”
Guelph transit workers have not had a collective agreement for over a year. Although bargaining with the city began in October 2013, talks came to a standstill after 22 sessions.
“We believe this agreement is a key first step to repairing our relationship with ATU Local 1189 and ensuring that Guelph’s residents continue to have the transit service on which they depend,” said Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge in a release.
Details of the agreement will be released after it is ratified by both parties.