Transit move not a legal job action: Bowman

A threatened job action by Winnipeg Transit drivers appears to have fizzled.The transit union said Monday its drivers wouldn’t be collecting fares Tuesday in protest of the ongoing disputes over its collective bargaining agreement – calling it legal job action.According to numerous reports from transit users, however, many drivers were considering Tuesday business as usual and still asking passengers to swipe their Peggo cards.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Transit Plus bus repaired after photo of driver tying door closed with rope draws criticismMayor Brian Bowman told 680 CJOB that the proposed protest isn’t considered legal job action, and that the city is going to the Manitoba Labour Board.“The city’s position is that they’re not in a strike position to take the kind of job action that we’re seeing today, so we made an application yesterday to the Manitoba Labour Board for an order, injunction or other remedy as a result,” said Bowman.“The action they’re taking today constitutes a strike, and it has not been authorized by their membership.”The transit union continues to sit without a contract.WATCH: Winnipeg transit union planning free rides as legal job action begins

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