Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Amalgamated Transit Union Local 616 Members Ratify New Contract with Transit Windsor

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Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 616 workers at Transit Windsor ratified a new collective bargaining agreement hours before a strike was set to begin. The contract was approved with a 90% vote in favor. The new deal includes wage increases and improvements to benefits. ATU Local 616 represents almost 300 members at Transit Windsor who work as operators and in customer service, administration, maintenance and skilled trades positions.

"Our members showed up in large numbers [Sunday] morning and they voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative agreement that the bargaining committee negotiated last weekend. So we're very pleased with the outcome," says Manny Sforza, ATU international vice president. "And it's a very well balanced contract. Something that the bargaining team should be proud of. A contract that the membership should be proud of. They stood together. They showed that they were willing to strike for a fair deal and I believe that's what we accomplished."