City of Moncton and Amalgamated Transit Union local 1290 reach tentative agreement

The lockout that’s kept City of Moncton transit buses off the roads for the past five months appears to be over. David Bell of CTV Atlantic just posted (to Facebook) the following news release from the City of Moncton:

For immediate release

City of Moncton and ATU 1290 reach tentative agreement

MONCTON – The City of Moncton and Amalgamated Transit Union local 1290 have reached a tentative agreement to end the 5-month long work stoppage and put Codiac Transpo buses back on the streets of Greater Moncton.

Both the City and ATU 1290 must ratify the tentative agreement over the next few days. Neither the City nor the Union will discuss the specifics of the negotiated settlement until the deal is ratified by both parties. “We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement and can now work towards providing an improved public transit service to the citizens of Greater Moncton,” said City of Moncton Mayor, George LeBlanc. “It’s been a long and difficult labour dispute, but we can now put it behind us. I know it’s been very difficult on people who relied on Codiac Transpo, but we can now start fresh and work towards delivering an improved service.” Service resumption could take several weeks. Safety is a top priority and Codiac Transpo is working to ensure the buses are road worthy. Codiac Transpo will provide more specifics on the resumption of service as soon as possible.

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NOTE TO MEDIA: No further comments will be made on the specifics of the tentative agreement until the agreement is ratified. Further details on ratification will be forthcoming.

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