Oakville Transit collective bargaining continues

Town seeking fair and balanced contract

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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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The Town of Oakville and Unifor Local 1256 have scheduled four days of collective bargaining for next week in order to try and reach a fair, balanced and affordable contract settlement before the union is in a legal strike position. Earlier this month, the union requested a “no board report” from the provincial conciliator and as a result they will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on February 1, 2014.

“The town is committed to negotiating a fair contract that balances competitive compensation for transit employees with long-term affordability for taxpayers,” said Elizabeth Bourns, director, Human Resources for the Town of Oakville. “Over the past year we have successfully negotiated contract settlements with our two CUPE locals, and we will work to do the same with Unifor 1256.”

It is not unusual for labour negotiations to continue right up to, and even past, a strike deadline but the town is making contingency plans in case a strike should occur.

In the event of strike action taken by Unifor 1256, the town will work to ensure that Oakville’s care-A-van service for the physically disabled will continue to operate for medical appointments. All other regularly scheduled transit services in Oakville would be discontinued immediately.

“We remain optimistic that a settlement will be reached but we have been receiving questions from the public and we want to ensure our riders have sufficient time to prepare alternative travel arrangements,” Ms. Bourns said.

Updates and information will be posted on oakvilletransit.ca and oakville.ca and through Twitter at @townofoakville or @oakvilletransit.

Negotiations between the town and the union representing 171 Oakville Transit workers including drivers and maintenance staff began in December 2013.



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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Denise Webet says:

    I have taken public transit for many years. Oakville is the city I grew up in for 48 yrs. My understanding of some if the issues is driver moral is at an all time low. During this time , it should be pointed out, that if the drivers are willing to strike, they have meaningful concerns. Mr Mayor should be sitting high up in his chair for a good seat to view this, is it not an election year for him? Having said this, this town, and not to mention the Go Transit commuters should not be thinking it all has to do with monetary concerns. Any one of us will work happily and at a much better rate when we are happy at our jobs. All you have to do is listen when on the platforms and hear that the drivers have much more to deal with than their rate of pay. I for one, will not be voting Mr Burton back in, for Transit to have to take this stand, and that I haven’t been happy with any of his, and his office’s decisions in many other matters. Thank you.


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