THUNDER BAY -Updated – Thunder Bay Transit Union and City engaged in a marathon overnight bargaining session that has sparked a deal that will keep the buses running. The Amalgamated Transit Union workers have been without an agreement for some time.
“I know that this has not been an easy negotiation and I commend the City’s bargaining team and ATU for their professionalism,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs today. “We appreciate that everyone has worked hard so that, subject to ratification, residents who rely on Transit for their transportation can expect service as usual.”
The tentative agreement is scheduled to be presented to ATU members on Sunday and Thunder Bay City Council on Monday. Details of the agreement will remain confidential until both parties have ratified it.
“Our Transit drivers and staff provide a vital service to our community, and we’re very pleased to have reached this tentative agreement,” said Michael Smith, General Manager – Facilities, Fleet and Transit Services.
ATU Local 966 represents full-time Thunder Bay Transit drivers, mechanics, service crew and other staff.
If the deal is agreed to by transit workers and the City then there should be no interruption of transit service in Thunder Bay.