May 1 strike deadline set for Grand River Transit

Members of Unifor Local 4304 could go on strike Monday, May 1 if a new contract cannot be negotiated before midnight on April 30, 2023. 

"Transit operators were on the front lines of the pandemic and maintenance crews made sure buses were roadworthy," said Lana Payne, UNIFOR national president

Local 4304 members have shown how important they are to the Waterloo region's economy. He has earned a fair contract.

The bargaining committee of employers and Local 4304 is scheduled to meet today, April 27 and April 28 to find common ground and secure a tentative agreement. The parties have been meeting daily since April 17.

The union is demanding a wage increase and a fair determination in the current round of bargaining

Local 4304 represents more than 650 transit operators and approximately 90 skilled trades and support workers. Local 4304 took legal strike action in January 2020 before ratifying the current collective agreement

UNIFOR is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major sector of the economy.

Union advocates for all working people and their rights, fighting for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad

and strives to create progressive change for a better future