CORNWALL, Ontario - While there are reports circulating that a deal in principle has been reached between the city and its transit union, that is not the case said Cornwall's human resources manager.
In an interview with Seaway News, Dail Levesque said while both sides are working towards reaching an agreement, there isn't one yet.
"There is a framework of a deal out there, but it hasn't been agreed to," said Levesque. "The municipality still has some work to do, to see if it is affordable."
The city and members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 946 negotiated Friday and Saturday and agreed to meet again on Oct. 16.
Local reports have suggested the union believes those talks resulted in a deal in principle.
City transit manager Lenn Tapp told Seaway News on the weekend a deal is coming, but likewise suggested it hasn't been hammered out yet.
"There hasn't been a deal reached, but we're both still talking," he said Saturday. "We're getting closer."
Vice-president of ATU International Larry Kinnear is pushing for the city’s negotiating committee to meet contract demands.
Kinnear and ATU members will be meeting with Wally Ruszczak, the mediator appointed by the provincial government, who was present at both recent meetings.
If an agreement isn't reached, Kinnear is adamant that immediate job action must take place. A strike deadline has already been issued, but continues to be pushed back as negotiations progress.