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    With great sadness, we must inform you off the passing of one of our own, Sister Ronda Stracqualursi.  She had been a Coach Operator at Community Transit for the last 12 years.  Ronda was well known and loved by all of us who worked with her, and she will be greatly missed. Our hearts are with her husband Paolo, her family and friends. As information becomes available about services, we will keep you informed.  There will be grief counsellors available at CT base for those who need additional support. You may also reach out to Employee Engagement, your Assistant Manager, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 800-553-7798 or your Union officers. Rest in peace, sister.

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    AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Transit workers in Airdrie voted to ratify their collective agreement today in with 75% support after over a year of negotiations. Airdrie transit workers joined the Amalgamated Transit Union last year after a successful organizing drive by ATU Local 987. 
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    AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – Transit workers in Airdrie voted to ratify their collective agreement yesterday with 75% support after over a year of negotiations. Airdrie transit workers joined the Amalgamated Transit Union last year after a successful organizing drive by ATU Local 987. 
     
    The collective agreement is a big improvement in working conditions for new members in Airdrie. Among other things, the four-year contract with their employer, PW includes a 4% wage increase as of August 1st of this year, a wage increase every year, better vacation time and better bereavement time. They also have a fair grievance procedure to deal with workplace disputes according to progressive discipline and just cause. 
     
    The collective agreement is a big improvement in working conditions for new members in Airdrie. Among other things, the four-year contract with their employer, PW includes a 4% wage increase as of August 1st of this year, a wage increase every year, better vacation time and better bereavement time. They also have a fair grievance procedure to deal with workplace disputes according to progressive discipline and just cause. 
     
    “This is a win for workers today here in Airdrie.” Said Travis Oberg, President of ATU Local 987. “Negotiating a fair collective agreement during a global pandemic has certainly been a challenge but in the end, we were able to come out with a fair deal for members.” 
     
    “This is a win for workers today here in Airdrie.” Said Travis Oberg, President of ATU Local 987. “Negotiating a fair collective agreement during a global pandemic has certainly been a challenge but in the end, we were able to come out with a fair deal for members.” 
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    AIRDRIE, ALBERTA  Transit workers in Airdrie voted to ratify their collective agreement yesterday with 75% support after over a year of negotiations. Airdrie transit workers joined the Amalgamated Transit Union last year after a successful organizing drive by ATU Local 987. 

    The collective agreement is a big improvement in working conditions for new members in Airdrie. Among other things, the four-year contract with their employer, PW includes a 4% wage increase as of August 1st of this year, wage increase every year, better vacation time and ...

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Tuesday, May 4

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    We will be holding our May Charter meetings in-person starting on Sun, May 16th and Tue, May 18th.  These meetings will be held following all CDC guidelines concerning mask wearing and physical distancing. We will be making the determination on a month-to-month basis following all CDC, State and County guidelines.

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Monday, May 3

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    Saskatoon Transit tests full safety shield to better protect drivers | CBC News

    There have been 28 assaults on transit drivers since 2017, according to a report to city council

    Saskatoon Transit has installed the first safety shield in one of its buses in a bid to better protect its drivers.

    "Saskatoon is seeing an increase in sort of aggravated conversations, in particular during the sort of the things that go on in the COVID time space," said Transit director Jim McDonald. "So we're getting people that are a little bit more aggravated and they're not giving the benefit of the doubt before they start yelling and screaming at people.

    "This is just another method to try and keep our staff safe."

    Earlier this year the city's transportation committee received a report saying there had been 130 negative interactions with passengers in 2020, up from 76 negative interactions in 2019. The behaviour ranged from assault to harassment to fare disputes.

    Last December, Saskatoon city council agreed to spend $500,000 to install safety barriers on some city buses.

    The city estimates outfitting its entire fleet of buses with permanent safety barriers would cost between $980,000 and $2.8 million dollars.

    According to a report, there have been 28 assaults on transit drivers since 2017.

    McDonald said transit agencies throughout North America are installing permanent security barriers for safety reasons.

    He said the shield chosen by Saskatoon Transit is made by New Flyer International and is basically a door that gets added to the operator compartment. 

    "It's made out of glass and metal, and it seals the operator off with an openable window so that they can actually have a conversation with the public," McDonald said. "If they're not necessarily feeling comfortable, they can put that window up."

    Over the next eight to nine month the shields will be installed in 43 buses.

    "That is about one third of the number that we will need," McDonald said.

    McDonald said the jury is still out on whether the shield will give drivers any added protection against COVID-19.

    "But they provide almost the same kind of coverage that our current vinyl barriers do, I'm told.... And we're going to be walking through that with our occupational health and safety."

    McDonald said specific routes will not be targeted with having the new barriers on those buses.

    "We'll only do that on an evidence-based format because some of our buses are on all day and they go on various different routes. So in some instances, it doesn't necessarily make sense to do that."

    After the barriers are installed, council will review...

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