Transit union says bus drivers won't enforce fare payment Thursday
Winnipeg bus drivers won’t enforce or inform riders of their obligation to pay fares Thursday. File image.
Published Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:15AM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, June 26, 2019 7:33PM CST
Winnipeg’s transit union said bus drivers won’t enforce or inform riders of their obligation to pay fares Thursday, including service to and from the Winnipeg Blue Bomber game.
“We’re taking this step because the City of Winnipeg isn’t listening to our proposals and isn’t showing a willingness to bargain in good faith,” said Aleem Chaudhary, the union’s president.
The job action comes after 96.9 per cent of Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 members rejected the second offer from the City of Winnipeg, the union said in a release.
This is the second time the ATU has taken this step this year. Without a contract since January, the union said it was time to act on behalf of its members.
On May 14, bus drivers took job action by not enforcing or informing riders of their obligation to pay their fare.
In a May memo to drivers obtained by CTV News, the city said it expects bus drivers to inform passengers of proper fares.
"Any failure to follow the responsibilities of your role...may result in disciplinary action," stated the memo.
On Wednesday the city reiterated its stance, calling the move illegal.
It also said discussions between the city and the union are ongoing but a conciliator is scheduled to join the talks next week, if necessary.
"The province will typically only appoint a conciliator when the parties have reached what looks like an impasse," said Michael Jack, chief corporate services officer for the City of Winnipeg.