As tensions escalate between the Amalgamated Transit Union and the City of Winnipeg over a new contract, bus passengers on Thursday won’t be asked for fare upon boarding.
It’s the latest move by the ATU 105 as they take further legal job action amid an ongoing contract dispute with the city. Operators also won’t be enforcing payment for riders to and from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ home opener.
“We’re taking this step because the City of Winnipeg isn’t listening to our proposals and isn’t showing a willingness to bargain in good faith,” said Aleem
Chaudhary, ATU 1505 president. “Frankly, our members and the riding public deserve better from our city.”
It’s the second time in recent months that operators won’t enforce payment from riders.
Union members previously rejected the second contract offer from the city with a 96.9 percent vote.
“Our members work hard everyday [sic], providing 170,000 rides across our city and they just wanted to be valued and treated with respect,” Chaudhary added.