Total votes: 451
Spoiled votes: 1
Yes votes: 365
No votes: 86
Ratified with 81%
Skilled trades yes 43
Skilled trades no 6
A reminder to all Unifor Local 4304 Members,
As announced yesterday (Sunday), the ratification meetings/voting times for the NEW Tentative Agreement will be held today (Monday) at the Unifor Union Hall at 600 Wabanaki Drive in Kitchener. Please make every effort to attend at least one of the voting times if possible to hear the details of the proposed agreement, listen to questions and comments about the proposed agreement and cast your vote.
Voting times are at: 8:30AM, 11:00AM, 5:30PM and 7:30PM.
Reminder, all GRT services are continuing to operate normally today and strike action has been delayed until Wednesday morning should the new agreement not be accepted. Spring Sign-Up for Conventional Operators will proceed today as planned but Sign-Up for MobilityPLUS is delayed until Wednesday providing that the new agreement is ratified by the Membership.
Grand River Transit strike averted
WATERLOO, April 2 – Workers, represented by Unifor Local 4304, at the Grand River Transit Authority reached a tentative agreement, averting a strike set to begin in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge on Monday morning.
“After intense negotiations this weekend, the union is pleased to have reached a mutual agreement with the employer to address Unifor’s main concerns, and will keep our drivers on the road serving the people of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge,” said Tim Mitchell, Unifor National Representative.
A strike deadline for April 3 was announced last Thursday, in an effort to give the public ample notice and an opportunity to make alternative arrangements for travel. Transit services will continue, pending ratification votes to be held Monday. A new strike deadline has been set for 5am Wednesday, April 5.
Talks resumed over the weekend, leading to today’s deal. Details of the new contract will be released once a deal has been ratified.
Workplace health and safety and other workplace issues were the main topics in the negotiations, which started back in December. Local 4304 represents more than 600 transit operators, service attendants, and skilled trades workers employed at Grand River Transit.
UPDATE: Just want to let members know your bargaining committee is meeting with the employer today to try and avert a strike.
UPDATE: After completion of the second SKILLED TRADES ratification vote the results are as follows:
Total combined Skilled Trades and non Skilled Trades votes -358
55% against ratification 45% for ratification
Therefore, we will be contacting the Employer & the public to inform them Monday April 3, 2017 5am picket lines will be up. You will be contacted by your strike captains. If you are scheduled to work anytime before then, GO TO WORK! You may encounter some negativity from management and the public, DO NOT ENGAGE! Thank you for your support!
UPDATE: Thurs March 30 SKILLED TRADES will be voting on the Skilled Trades issues that were discussed with the Employer. Their votes will then be added to the previous general vote.
The Results are as follows:
141 Conventional/Mobility persons voted against the contract. Plus
32 Persons from Department 2 voted against
159 Conventional/Mobility persons voted in favor of the contract. Plus
10 Persons from Department 2 voted in favor
As it stand we are in limbo because we are not clear as to whether Department 2 voted on their skills trade issues or on the Bargaining report distributed to every member.
This means the results are unresolved.
Sorry for the delay in posting as a results of these uncertainties.
All Unifor Local 4304 members,
The Ratification Meeting/Vote for the new GRT Collective Agreement will be held this Sunday, March 26th, at 10:00AM and 7:30PM. Your attendance at one of these meeting times to vote on the new agreement is requested if possible. Details of the new agreement will be made available at the meeting.
The meeting will be held at the Unifor Union Hall at 600 Wabanaki Drive in Kitchener.
Region of Waterloo and UNIFOR Local 4304 reach tentative agreement
March 20, 2017
Waterloo Region – A tentative agreement has been reached between the Region of Waterloo and UNIFOR Local 4304 Grand River Transit/MobilityPLUS, operators, dispatchers, fleet mechanics and service attendants.
Ratification dates have yet to be set.
Having reached this agreement, there will be no disruption and all services will continue as scheduled.