Transit workers in York Region accept tentative settlement and avert strike

Transit workers in York Region voted today to accept the tentative settlement reached — and turned down — earlier this month.

The workers initially voted against the settlement Feb. 16, which nearly resulted in a transit strike. But the union called a re-vote after a petition from a significant majority of the membership, according to a statement from the union. Today’s vote was 114-83 in favour of the settlement.

“Because there appeared to be some misunderstanding about the application of the monetary parts of the settlement, we accepted the members’ petition and allowed the re-vote,” Bob Kinnear, President of Amalgamated Transit Workers Local 113, said in a statement. “This was an unusual situation but it has now been resolved.”

A strike would have affected York Region Transit users in Vaughan.