During the months of Feb and March 2012, much like the transit stike of 09 in Ottawa ON, this one also affected the lives of a large percentage of the populace. For weeks, riders were forced to find alternative means of navigating the various cities and towns which make up the greater HRM.
Halifax Bus Strike
Drivers were unhappy with their pay, vacation, and in particular roistering. The City was unable to reach an agreement and the 640 union members went on strike Feb 2nd, stopping service a large portion of the HRM transportation options including, the ferry’s, the bus, and access-a-bus services.
The strike was finally ended on March 13th, 2012. The Ferry returned to business on Thursday with the buses back on Friday, March 16th. The news came with an overwhelming 88% of the ATU voting to take the option on the table.
Halifax Bus Riders
Many of the riders were unhappy with the union members and city’s inability to reach an agreement. Although many of the student riders were on Spring Break, some student riders spoke out about their views on the issue. With that strategic time frame for the strike, instead of the 90,000 ridership, its estimated that a reduced 50,000 riders were affected.
What They Get
After 6 weeks of striking, the atu workers get contract language that they can live with and a 5 year deal. The new language facilitates having Vacation Board Operators on the Spareboard with no limitations. They alst get a signing bonus of $4,000 and a 2% increase for the raining 4 years.
What the Public Gets
Rides will be free during march with discounts for certain riders like students. Metro transit is obviously worried about riders returning and have setup some incentives to get us all to return. In addition, people with February bus passes can use them fo the month of April.
Conclusion on ATU Bus Strike
The longest strike in ATU history is over. Every party at the table seems to have received a deal that makes them happy. The real question is, what do you the public feel? Let us know
Grève des Bus de Halifax
Halifax Bus Riders
Ce qu’ils obtiennent
Ce que le Public obtient
Conclusion sur la grève de Bus ATU