A significant contribution to the dollar gap is that the ATU proposal for the first increase of 1.75% will be effective on January 1, 2019 compared to the city`s last offer, which foresees the first 2% increase as in January 2020. This difference, if it worsens over the duration of the collective agreement, contributes significantly to the total cost. August 8, 2019 – The City of Winnipeg implements the measures available to it as an employer under the Labour Relations Act to reach an agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1505 (ATU). The parties remain far apart in terms of general wage increases and the union`s request to increase mechanics` wages by $10 per hour. The city`s final offer, presented on August 2, 2019, includes an overall wage increase of 2 percent per year in January 2020, 2021, 2022 and a 2 percent increase on March 31, 2023. The proposed duration of the collective agreement is four years and two months. For an additional context based on the city`s overall wage increase, a bus company will earn more than $59,000 per year plus peak fare benefits by 2023, and a mechanic will make more than $74,000 a year plus benefits. It is also important to note that, in an earlier collective agreement, ATU negotiated a position called payment in The Place of Rest Breaks. Operators currently receive an annual payment of approximately 40 hours of entitled wage time at the end of the year. In 2018, the payment in Lieu of Rest Breaks cost the city just over $1 million.
ATU is now requesting the mandatory collection period, but has not proposed to end the payment practice in Lieu of Rest Breaks. The ATU had previously proposed an overall wage increase of 2.75 per cent per year over four years. This increase would eclipse every annual salary increase negotiated over the past three years with each union in the City of Winnipeg, including the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the United Firefighters of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Senior Officers Association, the Winnipeg Police Association, the Winnipeg Police Officers Association and the Manitoba Employees Union. It should be noted that the first general increase in wages took place after 12 months in the duration of each collective agreement. While several working conditions proposed by the union in mediation have progressed, the parties are very far apart with respect to general wage increases and the union`s request to increase the mechanics` wages by $10 per hour.