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City Requests 'No Board Report' in ATU Negotiations

Web posted on May 26, 2014

Guelph, ON, May 23, 2014 A provincially-appointed conciliator will request a no board report from the Minister of Labour on behalf of the City of Guelph.

At today's first day of conciliation between the City and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189, ATU attended with only half its bargaining team. Based on that, it is the City's belief that there was no intent on ATU's part to negotiate towards a positive settlement at this time.

In essence, a "no board report" speaks to parties' inability to reach a settlement through bargaining. The request is submitted to the Minister of Labour, who then typically issues a no-board report within three to five days.

Upon receipt of the no board report from the Minister there is a 16-day period during which negotiations may continue. Five confirmed days for negotiation with the conciliator have already been scheduled throughout June. From 16 days after receipt, both parties are in the position to continue to bargain, and will also be in a legal position to strike or lockout.

Guelph Transit employees play an important role at the City of Guelph and provide a vital service to the community. The City strongly believes in competitively compensating transit employees for their work and remains committed to negotiating a fair contract that balances this with long-term affordability for Guelph taxpayers.

Since last fall, the City and ATU have met a total of 16 days to negotiate the terms of a new contract for the City's 205 Guelph Transit employees.