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Transit Windsor Strike Averted as ATU Local 616 and Transit Windsor Reach Tentative Agreement

Buses will run tomorrow – Monday, February 5, 2024

WINDSOR, ON – Hours before a transit strike was set to begin, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 616 representing almost 300 workers of Transit Windsor is pleased to announce that a last-minute tentative agreement was reached. 

Bargaining continued over the last four days until a tentative deal was hammered out. As a result, regular transit service will continue to run tomorrow, Monday, February 5, 2024.

The Union will present the offer to the membership in the coming days for a ratification vote. 

"Our commitment to Transit riders and Windsorites was front and center as we stated from the beginning, keeping the service running while balancing the needs of transit workers," said ATU Local 616 President/Business Agent Dragan Markovic. “We want the public to know that we take great pride in serving our communities and we are extremely grateful to the riders and the public for their patience and support over the past few months of negotiations,” concluded Markovic.

“Both sides worked hard to come to an agreement, and I’m pleased that we were able to get a fair and reasonable deal for our members,” said ATU International Vice President Manny Sforza.  

“I am proud of our Transit Windsor members for their strength, unity, and solidarity throughout these protracted contract talks,” said ATU International President John Costa.

Costa continued, “The result was a strong contract that recognizes the commitment and dedication of these frontline heroes to provide safe and reliable transportation for our riders who rely on Transit Windsor each day.  Our members now have a pathway to the middle class and the federally mandated sick days they deserve for the essential public service they provide. We are Stronger Together!”