Oakville Transit strike heads into 12th day, talks resume


Published March 1, 2022 at 9:54 am

Oakville Transit workers are seeking higher wages in contract negotiations with the Town of Oakville.

Talks are back on in the Oakville Transit strike.

As the work stoppage heads into its 12th day on Tuesday, the Town of Oakville announced Monday evening it and Unifor Local 1256, the union that represents the more than 180 bus drivers and maintenance workers, would be heading back to the bargaining table.

The two sides will resume talks on Wednesday (March 2).

“Both sides of the strike have agreed to meet again and we therefore hope a resolution to the strike can be found,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, who made the announcement during Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

The collective agreement with the union expired on Jan. 31, 2022.

The Town said its bargaining team and the union had reached a tentative settlement on Feb. 8, however despite being recommended by members of the union’s bargaining team the settlement was rejected by its members in a ratification vote on Sunday (Feb. 13).

The union members are seeking higher wages, top-up pay for drivers who, if they work 38 hours, will be topped up to 40 hours, better language for casual workers and more paid sick days.

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