The City of Hamilton and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 will be back at the negotiating table on Wednesday as both parties look to avoid job action.
One of the sticking points was sufficient restroom facilities and the time to use them. The city has stated that it will take 3-5 years to implement and the ATU has agreed.
The transit union is looking for a 5 year deal at with a 2% wage increase for the cost of living increases. The City of Hamilton countered with 1.6% and the ATU lowered their proposal 1.8%.
HSR transit operators make on average $3-4 less than other major transit agencies in the GTA.
Parties will be going back to the negotiating table on Wednesday December 18th in the hopes of reaching a tentative agreement. Although the union remains optimistic that this goal is obtainable, they continue to prepare should the parties not be successful in reaching a tentative agreement.
Transit employees have been operating without a contract for a year.
ATU 107 President Eric Tuck speaks with Rick Zamperin regarding the Transit Union’s No Board Report