ATU Local 107

November 12, 2007 07:00 ET

Hamilton Transit Contract Talks Break Off; Union Seeking Strike Mandate

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2007) - Contract negotiations between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 and Hamilton Street Railway broke off late Friday despite the efforts of a provincial Ministry of Labour mediator to help the parties reach a settlement. Talks will not resume until the union has taken a strike vote of its more than 600 members.

"We made progress in mediation but the employer will not give us a final offer, so we have no choice but to seek a strong strike mandate," says Local 107 President Budh Dhillon.

"Our members have been extraordinarily patient and the union has been very reasonable but the HSR has been dragging its feet for nearly a year. It's time to bring things to a head and pry a final offer out of them." The previous three-year agreement expired on December 31, 2006.

Dhillon says the union will not publicly discuss how far apart the sides are until he has had a chance to explain the situation to the members and take the strike vote early this week.

"We remain committed to a fair and equitable settlement without a work stoppage but it seems that HSR prefers to engage in brinksmanship. So we'll do what we have to do and let the chips fall where they may."

Results of the strike vote and related news will be posted on the union's website: www.gimmeabreakhsr.ca.

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