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 votes to reject city’s latest contract offer

Winnipeg’s transit union offered an overwhelming ‘no’ as they rejected the city’s latest contract offer.Nearly 97 per cent of members voted against the offer.“The results of the vote tell me that the members won’t take the concessions that the city is pushing,” said Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary.Story continues below“Bringing in 200 part-time operators at wages $10 less than the average for regular operators with no pension or benefits is not how you run a successful public transit system.”This comes after more than 98 per cent of union…

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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…

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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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Winnipeg Transit operator safety shields clear another hurdle

January 22 2019 5:12pm Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 President Aleem Chaudhary said the drivers have been wanting the shields for some time, and are glad progress is being made. ‘ }); } 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()…

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Winnipeg Transit plans to install safety shields on all buses

January 2 2019 7:00pm Winnipeg Transit plans to install safety shields on all 630 of its buses this year. ‘ }); } 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 !!! ‘); // exit if…

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Winnipeg Transit plans to install safety shields on all buses in 2019

Winnipeg Transit is planning on installing safety shields on all buses, beginning this year.The cost to purchase shields for all 630 Winnipeg Transit buses is estimated at $3.15 million.“Safety on Winnipeg Transit buses is a top priority,” said Greg Ewankiw, director of Winnipeg Transit. “It is anticipated the shields will enhance bus operator safety.”Story continues belowREAD MORE: Transit launching pilot project to make drivers safer The city launched a pilot project last year on six buses which wrapped up in August 2018, allowing bus drivers to test different types of shields. More…

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Transit union calls for low income bus pass

The Transit Union has commissioned a poll that finds most Winnipeggers would support a low income bus pass program.The Probe Research poll finds 79 per cent of people would approve a pass where pre-approved residents could buy a sliding scale pass between $5 and $15.READ MORE: Shelters needed, but shouldn’t come at bus garage expense: Winnipeg transit unionStory continues below“For too long, transit service has deteriorated while fares have risen beyond control, hurting working families, students and seniors in Winnipeg”, said Aleem Chaudhary, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union 1505…

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