BRAMPTON, ON (July 10, 2019) – The City of Brampton and ATU Local 1573 have ratified a new collective agreement that will come into effect from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024. At its meeting today, the Council approved the new agreement reached. Brampton Transit has reached an agreement with the city to avoid strikes. “Brampton Transit is one of the fastest growing transit systems in the country. I am pleased to see that we have reached and ratified a collective agreement with the city`s unionized full-time and part-time transit employees. More than 110,000 drivers use Brampton Transit every day and this agreement will keep them moving. I would like to thank everyone involved in the negotiation process for your hard work and commitment to the people of Brampton. On Thursday, November 28, the city council reached an agreement with the transit team that serves the residents and visitors of the flowery city. Mayor Patrick Brown signed the agreement, which is a five-year contract between the City of Brampton and local transit partner ATU (Amalgamated Transit Union) in 1573. It was announced via Facebook. Brampton Transit has been serving the city since 1976 and is one of Canada`s fastest growing transit providers. Brampton Transit carried more than 31 million passengers in 2018 and connects drivers to Brampton`s top attractions and destinations, as well as public transit in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Some drivers had even resorted to taking fluids to reduce their visits to laundry rooms, resulting in transit delays for drivers. “Amalgamated Transit Union 1573 welcomes this new treaty.
We look forward to continued cooperation with the City of Brampton to provide passengers and residents with a safe and reliable transportation system.” Mayor Brown said Brampton City Council is pleased to sign for both drivers and a mobile and safer community. This contract seems to allay many of the drivers` concerns. Since 2016, Brampton drivers have been asked to endure things like giving up their 30-minute lunch break without pay. The union was concerned that this reduction in breaks would increase driver fatigue and increase the likelihood of driving errors and affect the driver`s health. “Brampton Transit`s priority is our people, especially the safety of our employees and drivers. We look forward to continuing to work with amalgamated Transit Union 1573 over the next five years to improve our services and provide our passengers with a safe, reliable and quality system.” .