Unifor Local 4304 (GRT) on strike

Posted on Tuesday January 21, 2020

Waterloo Region - Union members turn down six per cent pay increase for operators, 15 per cent pay increase for mechanics.

Unifor 4304, representing Grand River Transit/MobilityPLUS operators, dispatchers, fleet mechanics and service attendants have withdrawn service and are on strike as of Tuesday morning, January 21, 2020.

The Region offered a comprehensive settlement including a six per cent wage increase over three years for bus operators, dispatchers and service attendants and 15 per cent over three years for mechanics. The Region believes that this is fair to our employees, and is responsible to Regional taxpayers. Unfortunately, it was not accepted by the Union’s membership.

“I am extremely disappointed the Union membership did not ratify the tentative collective agreement that was recommended by their bargaining team,” said Mike Murray, Chief Administrative Officer. “We have worked hard over the last three months and especially over the last two weeks to identify and address concerns raised by the Union, including those related to safety. The Region's priority remains achieving a negotiated agreement that includes a fair and reasonable economic package and ensures the safety and security of the community and our staff.”

Services affected by the strike will include Grand River Transit and BusPlus Service, MobilityPlus, the bus terminal at Ainslie Street in Cambridge and the Customer Service Centre on King Street in Kitchener. The public should prepare to find alternate means of transportation. We appreciate the public’s cooperation and patience at this time.

For updates, please monitor local media, call the GRT information line at 519-585-7555, TTY: 519-575-4608 or visit the GRT website at: www.grt.ca.


For more information please contact:

Bryan Stortz, Director of Corporate Communications, 519-575-4408

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