CORNWALL, Ontario - The city and its transit workers will sit down for talks Friday and Saturday to try and bridge an impasse that could ultimately lead to a strike.
Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 946 are meeting with the city for mediation.
Early last month union members voted in favor of job action against the city, but are playing it cool until after the mediation meetings between the two parties have taken place.
Larry Kinnear, vice-president of ATU International said that his members are hoping the city’s negotiating committee will opt to meet demands for increases.
"Our members want to reach a negotiated collective agreement with the city once the two mediations days are done,” Kinnear said.
The members will be meeting with Wally Ruszczak, the mediator appointed by the provincial government, who will be present at both meetings.
“What our members want is to reach an agreement with the city in terms of getting compensation for sick days and work intervals like any other city employees,” said Kinnear. “They are also hoping to get the two per cent mandate that was issued by the city council, granted after the meetings.”
There is a scheduled membership meeting on Oct. 6.
If no agreement has been reached after the two mediation days have taken place, the membership will look at what type of job action they are prepared to take.