Hamilton transit members scheduled to vote on tentative agreement April 15

News Apr 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner hamiltonnews.com

Hamilton transit members are expected to approve a new contract next week after narrowly avoiding a labour stoppage April 9.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 president Eric Tuck says his 480 members are scheduled to vote on the tentative agreement April 15. The agreement will be presented to the membership on April 12, said Tuck. The bargaining team is recommending the membership accept the contract.

“I believe it’s the best contract we could get at this time,” said Tuck.

City officials and the ATU hammered out a tentative contract in the early morning hours of April 9 after holding talks over the Easter weekend.

Hamilton officials stated the contract is ‘fair and responsible that respects the needs of all stakeholders.”

Discussions were hold a total of about 25 days, with the last eight days becoming more “intense” with around-the-clock bargaining, said Tuck.

ATU members had been concerned about wages, the length of the contract and safety issues.

“It addresses most of what our membership wanted,” said Tuck.

The transit union had been without a contract since December 2014.

Tuck said the relationship with the city remains “cordial” but at the same time “strained” coming out of an intense negotiation process.

“That is not uncommon,” he said.

Hamilton transit members scheduled to vote on tentative agreement April 15

News Apr 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner hamiltonnews.com

Hamilton transit members are expected to approve a new contract next week after narrowly avoiding a labour stoppage April 9.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 president Eric Tuck says his 480 members are scheduled to vote on the tentative agreement April 15. The agreement will be presented to the membership on April 12, said Tuck. The bargaining team is recommending the membership accept the contract.

“I believe it’s the best contract we could get at this time,” said Tuck.

City officials and the ATU hammered out a tentative contract in the early morning hours of April 9 after holding talks over the Easter weekend.

Hamilton officials stated the contract is ‘fair and responsible that respects the needs of all stakeholders.”

Discussions were hold a total of about 25 days, with the last eight days becoming more “intense” with around-the-clock bargaining, said Tuck.

ATU members had been concerned about wages, the length of the contract and safety issues.

“It addresses most of what our membership wanted,” said Tuck.

The transit union had been without a contract since December 2014.

Tuck said the relationship with the city remains “cordial” but at the same time “strained” coming out of an intense negotiation process.

“That is not uncommon,” he said.

Hamilton transit members scheduled to vote on tentative agreement April 15

News Apr 09, 2015 by Kevin Werner hamiltonnews.com

Hamilton transit members are expected to approve a new contract next week after narrowly avoiding a labour stoppage April 9.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 president Eric Tuck says his 480 members are scheduled to vote on the tentative agreement April 15. The agreement will be presented to the membership on April 12, said Tuck. The bargaining team is recommending the membership accept the contract.

“I believe it’s the best contract we could get at this time,” said Tuck.

City officials and the ATU hammered out a tentative contract in the early morning hours of April 9 after holding talks over the Easter weekend.

Hamilton officials stated the contract is ‘fair and responsible that respects the needs of all stakeholders.”

Discussions were hold a total of about 25 days, with the last eight days becoming more “intense” with around-the-clock bargaining, said Tuck.

ATU members had been concerned about wages, the length of the contract and safety issues.

“It addresses most of what our membership wanted,” said Tuck.

The transit union had been without a contract since December 2014.

Tuck said the relationship with the city remains “cordial” but at the same time “strained” coming out of an intense negotiation process.

“That is not uncommon,” he said.