City of Saskatoon continues contract talks with transit union

The City of Saskatoon reached out to the transit union on Saturday inviting them back to the bargaining table to try and reach an agreement.

Transit union handed city 48-hour strike notice Friday afternoon

The transit union and the city have been without a contract since 2012. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC)

The City of Saskatoon and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 615 plan to continue their work to reach a new collective agreement and avoid a work stoppage. 

A spokesperson with the city said the director of human resources, Marno McInnes, contacted the transit union to invite them back to the bargaining table. 

That came a day after the ATU gave the city a 48-hour strike notice, meaning the union could strike at 5 p.m. CST on Sunday. 

In a statement to members Saturday, the union said its executive is returning to the bargaining table Sunday. 

In its notice to the city, the union said strike action could include anything from slowdowns to overtime bans, not wearing uniforms, rotating strikes or a complete work stoppage.

Jim Yakubowski, the president of the transit union, said the intention wouldn't be to start with full removal of service.