The dispute between the City of Winnipeg and its transit workers, which has dragged on for 10 months, could soon end after the union announced Friday that both sides had reached a tentative deal.
At times, negotiations between the Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 and the city broke down. Talks reached an impasse and the city had warned a strike was possible. After being without a contract since January, transit workers had staged job action, including not enforcing fare payment.
"We think that we’ve reached an agreement that is fair to both sides and we’re excited to be bringing an offer that we can work with to our membership for ratification," ATU 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary said in a written statement.
"I want to thank our negotiating team, our members for their faith in our efforts and for the tremendous public support that has truly empowered our members."
Details of the tentative agreement will only become public following a successful ratification vote by transit workers.
Voting will take place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 4.
The ATU said it would not comment further until after the results of the ratification vote are known.
The union represents more than 1,400 Winnipeg Transit operators and maintenance workers.