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GO Transit workers, Metrolinx reach tentative deal; GO buses resume service November 12



From CBC News:

“The union representing GO Transit bus operators and other employees says it has reached a tentative deal with Metrolinx that ends its four-day strike — putting GO buses back on the road this weekend.

“In a news conference in Toronto on Thursday night, officials with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 said the agreement addresses safety concerns and contracting out issues. They said details will not be released until the deal is seen by the workers.

“The strike took all GO buses off the road. In a tweet, Metrolinx said the service will resume on Saturday.

“More than 2,200 striking workers, including station attendants, bus operators, maintenance workers, transit safety officers, and office professionals, walked off the job on Nov. [7] after months of talks.

“Workers are expected to vote to ratify the contract in the coming days.

“‘This is good news for our ATU employees and our customers,’ a spokesperson for Metrolinx said. ‘We look forward to welcoming back our ATU employees and getting our GO buses back on the road.’

The union said a return-to-work plan would soon be posted but that no one would be expected to be back at their normal scheduled shifts on Friday.

“‘Brothers and sisters, you did it,’ the ATU posted on Twitter. ‘By linking arms and walking off the job together, you gave our bargaining team the power to win.’”