Grand River Transit buses running as union, region reach late-night deal

A tentative agreement has been reached between the Region of Waterloo and UNIFOR Local 4304, which represents the area's bus drivers. That means bus service will run as usual Tuesday.

Tentative agreement still needs to be ratified by members

A person steps off a Grand River Transit bus on King Street in Kitchener. A tentative agreement was reached late Monday night between the Region of Waterloo and UNIFOR Local 4304, heading off a transit strike. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

Grand River Transit services will run without disruption today after a late night of negotiations headed off the threat of a strike.

The Region of Waterloo and UNIFOR Local 4304 reached a tentative agreement at 11:30 p.m. last night, which local union President Tim Jewell said he's "very excited" about.

"We can't share any details until we ratify [the tentative deal] with our members," said Jewell, but he did say the union is recommending workers accept the tentative deal.

Jewell said members were pleased with the public support through the process.

"Our goal was not to put the public out walking and not having any opportunity to get to work," he said.

UNIFOR Local 4304 represents operators, dispatchers, fleet mechanics and service attendants that work for Grand River Transit. 

Mike Murray, CAO with the Region of Waterloo, said they are happy that an agreement was reached.

"Transit is such an essential service for so many people in the community," he said.

"We're happy to get a collective agreement, we're happy to get this resolve so that people has transit service."

A union ratification vote is scheduled to take place Sunday Jan. 19.


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