(Wednesday, February 29, 2012) – The bargaining team for HRM/Metro Transit has reviewed email correspondence received this afternoon from ATU Local 508 president Ken Wilson and determined it does not constitute a counter offer to HRM’s final proposal.
Mr. Wilson has been advised that the final offer from HRM will remain in place until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 2, as per the approved motion of Council from Tuesday, Feb. 28.
“Mr. Wilson indicated that the union would accept HRM’s latest wage offer, but he did not accept a rostered approach to scheduling that would help Metro Transit achieve the efficiencies needed to meet the proposed wage model,” said Mayor Peter Kelly. “It’s part and parcel and we can’t proceed with one without the other.”
More information will be provided through regular communications channels, including halifax.ca/metrotransit; on twitter @hfxtransit; through regular transit ticket retail outlets; and media once details can be confirmed regarding the return to full transit operations and plans to honour previously purchased transit passes.
Metro Transit is the primary transportation service provider in HRM and the largest transit system in Atlantic Canada, comprised of over 300 buses and three ferries. In addition to its conventional fixed route system with 61 routes, including the premium MetroLink and MetroX services, it operates three Community Transit routes, the harbour ferry service and the door-to-door Access-A-Bus service for persons with disabilities.
Please note: Metro Transit Director Eddie Robar is not available for interviews.