City of Saskatoon issues second lockout notice to transit union
Spokesperson said city will comply with labour board ruling that deemed first lockout illegal
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) has received a second lockout notice from the City of Saskatoon.
The original, nearly four-week-long lockout was deemed illegal by the Labour Relations Board (LRB) on Friday.
The same afternoon, the city says it issued a new lockout notice to transit workers. If nothing changes, transit workers will be off the job again on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The city re-issued the lockout order after the LRB ruled the original lockout was illegal.
Sides split on whether second lockout is legal
This time, Jeff Jorgenson, general manager of transportation and utilities for the city, believes the lockout is legal.
"Our legal advice again is that we are in a legal lockout position now," he said.
Our legal advice again is that we are in a legal lockout position now- Jeff Jorgenson, City of Saskatoon Transportation and Utilities
Jim Yakubowski, president of the ATU Local 615, doesn't agree.
"Based on our lawyer's advice, he believes that they're not in a legal position to enact on this," he said.
Negotiations over how to comply with the labour board's ruling are scheduled to take place on Sunday.
Vince Ready, a well-known mediator who has been at the table during earlier negotiations, is expected to once again work with both parties. He's expected to be present sometime next week.
Based on our lawyer's advice, he believes that they're not in a legal position to enact on this- Jim Yakubowski, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 615 President
Beyond the ongoing issue of wages and pension negotiations, how the labour board's ruling - specifically regarding compensation for transit workers as a result of the illegal lockout - will be on the table.
Jorgenson said the city will be reviewing the reasons for the board's ruling once they are made available.
"The labour board's ruling gets us no closer to a contract between ATU and the city," said Jorgenson.
Yakubowski said no discussions on compensation for the first lockout have taken place. Wages are expected to be a key component of the talks surrounding damages, but Yakubowski did not provide a total dollar amount.
The city said Friday that people with bus passes will be reimbursed month-by-month.