Hamilton Transit Workers Set to Strike Thursday
A transit strike is set to begin in Hamilton on Thursday.
The Amalgamated Transit Union’s Local 107 says members overwhelmingly voted to reject the latest offer from their employer, something the City says was fair and reasonable.
In a release, the City said the deal offered members the same annual increases that were just ratified by CUPE members, the City’s largest union.
In a statement, the union said the offer fell short on inflationary pressures and the cost of living.
The City of Hamilton says while it anticipates that ‘’all conventional transit services will cease operations as of end of day November 8,’’ the strike will not impact accessible transportation services offered by DARTS.
The City’s release said as a result of the strike notice, transit service will not be operating as of the start of the service day Thursday, November 9. As a result, the City says it ‘’will begin to implement contingency measures and is encouraging HSR customers to do the same.’’
ATU Local 107’s Collective Agreement expired at the end of 2022 and negotiations had been ongoing for months, with the two sides meeting close to 30 times since February.
They last met at the bargaining table on October 23 and 24, at which time the City says it presented its ‘’final offer.’’
The City says wages and benefits remain outstanding issues.