Union president Ken Wilson said he could not go into exact details at the time, but 98.5 percent voted in favor of the deal. Halifax City Council must now sign the deal, and Wilson said it could be done as early as next week. “This is the last offer from the employer that we accepted, so how can the Council not ratify it? It was their offer,” he said. Wilson said it was a 60-month agreement that, if approved by the Halifax Regional Municipality, would bring peace to the work of transit users by August 31, 2021. The amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 member voted in favor of the contract with the municipality over the weekend, after months of negotiations. “We were pretty happy, the membership seemed to be satisfied,” he told 95.7`s The Rick Howe Show. “You know, you can always do better, but if you understand the environment we`re in today, members overwhelmingly accepted the offer we made to them.” It was on a summer night in 1908 that five streetcar workers met with a Longshoreman at Sons of Temperance Hall on Cornwallis Street to discuss union membership. On July 8 of the same year, Local 508 was sanctioned by the Amalgamated Association of Street, Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America with the support of the International Office in Washington. For 112 years, we have been safe to move people from Halifax, Dartmouth and the surrounding area. Transit workers last went on strike in 2012, a dispute in which halgoniers remained off duty for 43 days. It is expected to be as usual for transit users after union members representing Halifax transit drivers and ferry workers ratify a new agreement. In 1979, Dartmouth Transit employees became employees of Halifax Transit Corporation.
In 1981, the Burnside Garage became the home of all operations and maintenance staff. It was the first time our full member had worked under the same roof. In 1994, our premises grew when the workers of the Halifax Transit Ferry joined our family. Two years later, after the Halifax/Dartmouth merger, Access A Bus and Community Transit joined our membership. Local 508 represents all Halifax transit buses, ferry, maintenance, receiver office and Access A Bus internal staff. The members of Local 508 are the economic engine that drives HRM and we are proud to deliver the largest public transit system east of Montreal. The deal was reached with the help of a conciliator and Wilson said that while salaries were part of the conversations, they weren`t the main issue. “There were other contentious items on the table that..
21 months of conciliation to get them off the table, and our members were pleased with what they saw on Sunday. ».