Contract negotiations could disrupt Belleville, Ontario. public transit services – Kingston

Transit riders in the friendly city may soon need to find another mode of transportation.

City transit workers are currently in negotiations with the City of Belleville on a new collective agreement.

Unifor Local 1839 represents bus operators in Belleville.

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In a news release, the city said it hopes a settlement can be negotiated, but has asked a specialist mediator from the Department of Labor to help both sides.

The city says it hopes to avoid a work stoppage on April 1.

“We appreciate and appreciate the City of Belleville bus operators as well as the taxpayers who end up funding their salaries and benefits,” said Mayor Mitch Panciuk.

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“The City’s negotiating team will continue to focus its efforts on reaching a tentative agreement that is fair to the employees and ratepayers of the City of Belleville.


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“We recommend that transit riders plan ahead and make alternate arrangements now for their upcoming transportation needs,” he added.

Unifor has asked the Department of Labor to issue a “no advice” notice, which sets the stage for a strike or lockout on April 1.

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Melvin Z. Madore