City of Fredericton, transit union reach tentative agreement

The city of Fredericton and the Canadian Union of Public Employees local 1783 have reached a tentative agreement.

Bus drivers and other transit employees had been in a strike position since Jan. 10

The city of Fredericton and transit union have reached a tentative agreement. (CBC)

The city of Fredericton and the Canadian Union of Public Employees 1783 have reached a tentative agreement. 

The information was confirmed to CBC by the city's communications manager Wayne Knorr. 

"There was [a union] meeting and a vote that was held on Friday morning and the outcome of that was an agreement to accept the offer," said Knorr. 

Bus drivers and other transit employees had been in a strike position since Jan. 10. Both sides ended mediation Jan. 12. 

The union's counter-offer was rejected by the city on Feb. 9. 

Knorr said having a tentative agreement is good news for transit customers.

"I know there was always a concern to whether or not they might wake up some cold morning and there would be no transit service available. Certainly, it's important that we were able to let the public know that the tentative agreement had been reached and that they didn't have to worry about possibly some job action taking place," he said. 

Knorr said documents will be prepared for signing and a joint statement will be issued at a later date.

CBC has reached out to the union for comment.

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