Driver safety paramount in contract negotiations, says Winnipeg transit union president

Winnipeg’s transit union says safety is the top priority as contract negotiations continue with the city.The union – which has been without a collective bargaining agreement since January – has also bristled against the City’s plan to add part-time workers, which wouldn’t allow for benefits.READ MORE: Winnipeg transit union planning free rides as job action beginsLast month, 98 per cent of union members voted against the latest offer from the city.Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary told 680 CJOB the negotiations are ongoing.View link »View original article here Source

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Winnipeg Transit Union rejects contract offer from city

Winnipeg’s Transit Union is resoundingly saying ‘no’ to a new contract offer from the city.More than 98 per cent of members rejected the deal on Friday.ATU Local 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary would not get into specifics when asked why the vote was so lopsided but said they are open to more negotiations.READ MORE: Transit Union “won’t stop fighting” after  Brian Kyle Thomas guilty verdictStory continues below“Our members work hard each and every day to keep our city moving, often going above and beyond to serve the public,” Chaudhary said.“Our union…

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Half of Toronto transit drivers don’t like or use safety shields, says union

Winnipeg Transit is planning to protect its drivers by installing safety shields on all of its buses, but a representative for the transit union in Toronto says half of its members don’t like the shields and don’t use them.“The shields have helped. They are a step in the right direction,” said Carlos Santos of the Amalgamated Transit Union in Toronto.“But we still have probably 50-60 per cent of our operators that don’t even use the shields. Carlos SantosTwitter“Number one is the glare. We get a lot of glare from the…

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Riders disgusted by pigeon-poop covered surfaces at transit station

December 14 2018 7:04pm Bus riders at Osborne Station have to step lightly to avoid the massive amounts of pigeon poop littering every surface. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object” ) { var resp = jQuery.parseJSON( jQuery.ajax({ url: “/gnca-ajax/videoshare-links/{\”id\”:\”” + svp.releaseInfo.contentId + “\”}/”, async: false }).responseText); gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] = resp; } jQuery(‘#videoContainer’).gnca_socialVideoShare(‘init’, gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] ); } }; // don’t do on IE, doesn’t work yet if ( !gNews.Common.isIE && !gNews.Common.isTrident && gNews.Common.isFlash ) { var gnca_videoShareCallbackInterval = window.setInterval( function() { //console.log(‘ !!! gnca_shareVideoCallback REGISTRATION…

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‘It’s everywhere’: Riders disgusted by pigeon-poop covered surfaces at Osborne transit station

If you’re heading to catch a bus at the Osborne station rapid transit stop, you might want to watch where you step.Everywhere you look, every surface is covered in pigeon poop.“It’s terrible,” said one bus rider. The man also told Global News, it’s been an ongoing issue he’s noticed for months. He said in September, the issue was worse.“All the smudge on the windows, it was kind of like finger print graffiti.”Transit riders contacted Global News about the state of the station and health concerns.“They need some time to clean…

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Winnipeg Transit forecasts $7.9 million dollar surplus

The City of Winnipeg is slated for a multi-million dollar budget surplus at the end of the year, with the largest source of the uptick being  Winnipeg Transit.Transit announced a projected $7.9-million surplus Wednesday, saying it is mostly due to higher-than-expected revenue from a 25-cent fare hike this year.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Transit rates on the rise, routes possibly cut: City of Winnipeg budgetA surplus of that magnitude prompted a call from the Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 to put more cash towards transit safety.“It showed up unexpectedly, out of nowhere,”…

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What Winnipeg Transit can do if their is violence on their bus

Following an assault on a Winnipeg Transit bus early Sunday morning, questions are being raised about what drivers can do to protect themselves in confrontational situations.But according to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505, there’s not much they can do.“The driver calls 911, then basically he has to follow whatever the control centre is telling him,” President Aleem Chaudhary said.READ MORE: Winnipeg Transit supervisor dragged off bus and beatenJohnathan Meikle was stabbed after confronting a knife wielding man on a Bus Sunday morning, taking actions into his own hands.“I was…

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