Amalgamated Transit Union Collective Agreement

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Last Thursday`s COUNTER-offer from the ATU reconditioned most of its previous proposals, the variants of which, under a four-year contract, will cost taxpayers up to $50 million. Funding a scheme of this magnitude would require a significant increase in property taxes, transit charges or both. June 7, 2019 – Last week, employees of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 voted against the City of Winnipeg`s final contract offer. We are disappointed with the result of the vote and feel that we have made a fair and reasonable offer. The city has asked the province to appoint a conciliator so that we can conclude these negotiations. The City and the ATU were informed by letter of 4 June that a conciliator had been appointed and that he would contact the parties to attend and, if necessary, to organize the meetings. The city is committed to continuing negotiations with ATU in a fair and reasonable manner and hopes that collective bargaining will succeed, which will not disrupt transit services for the thousands of users who rely on them every day. The ATU remains in a legal strike position and the old collective agreement is officially terminated. We assume that the ATU will launch strike action in the fall when it will be most uncomfortable for passengers in transit. September 24, 2019 – The City of Winnipeg has reached a preliminary agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1505 (ATU).

The agreement has yet to be ratified by both sides. The ATU had previously proposed an overall wage increase of 2.75 per cent per year over four years. This increase would eclipse every annual salary increase negotiated over the past three years with each union in the City of Winnipeg, including the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the United Firefighters of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Senior Officers Association, the Winnipeg Police Association, the Winnipeg Police Officers Association and the Manitoba Employees Union. It should be noted that the first general increase in wages took place after 12 months in the duration of each collective agreement. Recognizing the ATU`s concerns with flexible replacement companies, but also recognizing the desire of the ATU and the city to improve working conditions and work-life balance, the city`s offer contains an amendment to a union proposal that would allow the bus companies to be reinstated in retirement to cover bus companies` requests for day leave. The city has also abandoned the requirement for flexibility of alternative companies. It is also important to note that, in an earlier collective agreement, ATU negotiated a position called payment in The Place of Rest Breaks. Operators currently receive an annual payment of approximately 40 hours of entitled wage time at the end of the year. In 2018, the payment in Lieu of Rest Breaks cost the city just over $1 million.

ATU is now requesting the mandatory collection period, but has not proposed to end the payment practice in Lieu of Rest Breaks. July 31, 2020 COVID-19 Update An updated letter of reflection on temporary layoffs was obtained between the City of Edmonton (the «City») and the Canadian Union of Local Employees 30; Civic Services Union 52; International Brotherhood of Electrified Workers 1007; Edmonton Fire Fighters Union; Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569, DATS Unit (together the «Unions»). CUPE 30`s approval is provisional and subject to internal review and approval, which will be completed on August 5.