Skip to main content

Transit Strike Averted as ATU 1505 members Accept Final Offer and Ratify a 4-year deal

Winnipeg, December 8, 2023 — The members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1505 have, after careful consideration, voted to accept the third tentative agreement presented by Winnipeg Transit and the City of Winnipeg.

This decision represents a step forward in our ongoing efforts to secure improved wages and to protect the rights of our valued transit workers. ATU Local 1505 believes that this third and final agreement is a significant step towards ensuring the well-being of our valued members and the continued delivery of exceptional transit services to the community. ATU Local 1505 is committed to building on this positive momentum to create an even stronger and safer future for our members.

Highlights of the New Tentative Agreement

We extend our deepest gratitude to our members for their active engagement in the voting process. Your participation has been instrumental in shaping this outcome, and we remain steadfast in our dedication to their well-being.

“Congratulations to our Local 1505 members for ratifying a contract that recognizes the sacrifices they make,” said International President John Costa. “This contract ratification is not just an agreement on paper, it’s a testament to the solidarity, resilience, and spirit of our ATU members. This is a win for our members and their passengers. I am so proud they proved that when we negotiate together, we elevate not only our wages and working conditions but also the transit system they serve each and every day. Thank you for your strength and resolve for this hard-fought victory.”

“In the days ahead” remarked Chris Scott, President, and Business Agent for ATU Local 1505 “ATU is focused on implementing initiatives and processes aimed at enhancing the workplace environment and the safety of all members. This includes securing longstanding practices and policies within our collective agreement, and enforcing all agreed to LOU’s all of which promises mutual benefits for both our valued members and the employer.”

ATU remains steadfast in its commitment to advocating for safer workplaces for our transit workers. Through open dialogue, strategic initiatives, LOU’s in the new tentative agreement, improved safety shields and collaboration with the new Transit Security Team we aim to create environments that prioritize the well-being and security of our dedicated workforce. Together, we forge ahead in the pursuit of safer and effective transit services for employees and the public.