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Collective Bargaining

ATU Collective Bargaining Updates

June 7, 2019 – Last week, employees represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 voted to reject the City of Winnipeg’s final contract offer. We are disappointed in the vote results, and feel that we presented a fair and reasonable offer. The City asked the province to appoint a conciliator so that we can conclude these negotiations. The City and ATU were notified by letter dated June 4 that a conciliator has been appointed and would be in touch with the parties to assist and arrange meetings as deemed appropriate. The City is committed to continue negotiating in a fair and reasonable manner with ATU, and is hoping for a successful conclusion to collective bargaining that won’t result in any disruption to transit services for the thousands of users that rely on it every day.

May 31, 2019 – The City of Winnipeg has learned that employees represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 have voted to reject the City’s contract offer. The City is disappointed in the vote results, as we had clearly indicated this was our final offer. We will be requesting that the province appoint a conciliator so that we can conclude these negotiations.

The City of Winnipeg is committed to continue negotiating in a fair and reasonable manner with ATU, and is hoping for a successful conclusion to collective bargaining that won’t result in any disruption to transit services for the thousands of users that rely on it every day.

Winnipeg Transit carries over 170,000 riders each weekday and employs approximately 1,100 bus operators and about 250 maintenance staff.

May 24, 2019 – Last week, the City of Winnipeg met with Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505, and tabled our final offer which we asked them to take back to their membership. The City feels that the best offer possible has been put forward, based on current fiscal realities. Transit is a significant priority for the City of Winnipeg, with substantial investment made in the service through the 2019 Budget.

The City has been committed to negotiating in a fair and reasonable manner, and is hoping for a successful conclusion to negotiations that won’t result in any disruption to Transit services.

April 5, 2019 – The City of Winnipeg has learned that employees represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 have voted to reject the City’s contract offer.

"While the result of the vote is disappointing, the City remains committed to finding a solution that is fair and reasonable to all parties, including ATU members and Winnipeg taxpayers," said Michael Jack, Chief Corporate Services Officer.

The City of Winnipeg is committed to continue negotiating in a fair and reasonable manner with ATU, and is hoping for a successful conclusion to collective bargaining that won’t result in any disruption to transit services for the thousands of users that rely on it every day.

Winnipeg Transit carries over 170,000 riders each weekday and employs approximately 1,100 bus operators and about 250 maintenance staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

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When did the City of Winnipeg and ATU 1505 start negotiations?

The City of Winnipeg and ATU 1505 will began negotiations on January 4, 2019. The City is committed to negotiating in a fair and reasonable manner with ATU, and is hoping for a successful conclusion to negotiations that won’t result in any disruption to transit services for the thousands of users that rely on it every day.

When did ATU 1505’s contract expire?

The contract with ATU 1505 expired on January 12, 2019.

What is the City of Winnipeg offering ATU 1505 in this round of negotiations?

The City of Winnipeg does not intend to bargain in public.

Is Winnipeg Transit service being affected by current negotiations?

No. Winnipeg Transit service is not currently affected by ongoing collective bargaining; however any form of labour disruption by ATU 1505 may have an immediate impact on transit operations.

How will Winnipeg Transit be working to ensure people get to work, university, school, and appointments in the event of a strike?

If ATU 1505 chooses to strike, it would have a significant impact on the thousands of Winnipeggers that rely on the transit service. Winnipeg Transit would be forced to discontinue bus service.

Will Winnipeg Transit Plus service be affected if ATU 1505 chooses to strike?

Winnipeg Transit Plus service is expected to continue in the event of an ATU 1505 strike.

Last update: June 7, 2019