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Winnipeg Transit Union Bans Overtime as Bargaining Tactic

June 3, 2019 7:45 AM | News

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The union that represents Winnipeg Transit operators has banned its members from signing up for additional overtime.

The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 has restricted voluntary overtime beginning today as it continues to work out a new contract with the City of Winnipeg.

“Our members stand united against the concessions advanced by the City of Winnipeg and after rejecting their second offer, we are taking a stand,” said Aleem Chaudhary, ATU 1505 president.

“Our goal is to encourage the city to return to the table, bargain in good faith and work with us to build a public transit system that Winnipeg and it’s transit riders deserve.”

The union says the ban doesn’t apply to operators on buses that are late or missed relief buses.

In May, the union instructed its members not to enforce fares for a single day and allowed passengers to have a free ride.

The ATU 1505 has been without a contract since January 2019 and represents more than 1,400 transit operators in Winnipeg.


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