March 28, 2017
After reaching a last minute settlement to avert any transit disruptions, Grand River Transit employees rejected a tentative deal with the Region of Waterloo on Monday.
Both sides were back at the table on Tuesday, and there was no threat of any work stoppage that would keep buses off the road during ongoing negotiation.
Unifor, Local 4304 members, representing workers employed by Grand River Transit and MobilityPLUS have not ratified the tentative settlement reached by the parties in negotiation, but wouldn’t say what issues are outstanding.
Wages and work conditions were part of the impediments to the original deal that had to be ratified by both parties.
The region said it was informed by Unifor Local 4304 that the bargaining unit did not ratify the proposed collective agreement.
In a statement is said its goal continues to be to negotiate a new collective agreement with Unifor 4304.
In the meantime, a tentative agreement has been reached between the region and Ontario Nurses Association, who represent the region’s public health nurse.
Ratification dates have yet to be set.