Transit Strike Looming in Thunder Bay
THUNDER BAY – Talks have broken off between the City and the Amalgamated Transit Union. Transit workers have been without a contract since June 2012.
Union members have voted a 99% mandate to take strike action to attempt to reach a contract with the City.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 966 President Sheila Kivisto says the workers are waiting for mediation to finish before taking action.
Transit employees are concerned that their rates of pay are the second lowest in Ontario. The City of Thunder Bay transit website states that pay rates range between $18.18 to $22.72 per hour for ATU members.
A transit strike would seriously impact students across the city. Lakehead University and Confederation College students, along with High School Students often rely on transit to get to class.