Winnipeg - The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 is taking further legal job action. On Thursday, June 27th, ATU 1505 operators will not be informing the public of their obligation to pay a fare upon entering the bus.Additionally, operators will not be enforcing fare payment for riders boarding Winnipeg Transit, which will include service to and from the Winnipeg Blue Bomber home opener.
Additionally, operators will not be enforcing fare payment for riders boarding Winnipeg Transit, which will include service to and from the Winnipeg Blue Bomber 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 their city.”
The legal job action will take place as a one day action on Thursday, June 27th and the ATU is committed to alerting the public regarding future actions. The legal job action comes after 96.9% of ATU members rejected the 2nd offer from the City of Winnipeg.
The two sides are still quite far apart, with the City of Winnipeg showing no willingness to improve Winnipeg Transit through rider representation on internal decision making committees. As well, Chaudhary pointed to the City’s push to bring in part time operators at a substantially lower wages, with no pensions or benefits, creating a two tier system of workers. Finally, the City has refused to discuss setting standards for operating schedules, making Winnipeg Transit increasingly unreliable for it’s riders and workers.
“Our members work hard everyday, providing 170,000 rides across our city and they just wanted to be valued and treated with respect,” Chaudhary said. “It’s the Year of Transit. Is the City ready to invest in our transit system and their employees?”
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