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GRT buses running Monday, new tentative deal reached

Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 4:36 am EDT

Photo by Leah Johansen

A new tentative agreement has been reached between the Region of Waterloo and the union representing Grand River Transit workers.

As a result, local bus service will run as usual on Monday.

A tentative agreement was reached almost two weeks ago, but Unifor Local 4304 did not ratify the terms of a new contract.

In a released posted on Sunday by the union, Unifor National Representative Tim Mitchell says “after intense negotiations this weekend, the union is pleased to have reached a mutual agreement with the employer to address Unifor’s main concerns, and will keep our drivers on the road serving the people of Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge.”

One of the issues highlighted by GRT workers is workplace health and safety.

The union represents over 660 employees at Grand River Transit and Great Canadian Holidays & Coaches.

Details of the new contract will not be released unit a deal has been ratified.

If the new deal is not ratified at the vote on Monday, a new strike deadline has been set for Wednesday, April 5th at 5 a.m.