City and transit union start collective bargaining today

Guelph, On, October 30, 2013 – Today the City and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189— which represents about 200 of the City’s full- and part-time Guelph Transit employees—begin collective bargaining to renew their expired three-year agreement.

“Council has directed staff to negotiate a fair, reasonable and affordable contract with our Transit employees—one that recognizes our belief that Transit employees should be compensated appropriately for the valued work they do, but also one that recognizes the balance needed to ensure long term affordability for our taxpayers,” said Mayor Farbridge.

“Through a freely negotiated contract with the ATU, the City aims to decrease overall compensation costs—a trend among all recent agreement settlements for municipal transit operations—while adequately compensating employees according to municipal benchmarks and a variety of economic factors,” said David Godwaldt, general manager of human resources.

The previous contract agreement for ATU came into effect July 1, 2010 and expired June 30, 2013.

To keep taxpayers informed throughout the negotiations, the City will regularly communicate bargaining status updates. Specifics will be made public when an agreement is reached by both the City and ATU Local 1189.

The City routinely negotiates collective agreements with all its employee groups including the ATU; Canadian Union of Public Employees locals 241, 973 and 1946; Guelph Professional Firefighters Association (GPFFA); and the International Association of Theatre Stage Employees local 357.

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David Godwaldt
General Manager, Human Resources
Corporate and Human Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2848