Wilson said it is a 60-month agreement that, if approved by the Halifax Regional Municipality, would bring peace to transit users until August 31, 2021. It is expected to be a business as usual for transit users after a new contract was ratified by union members representing Halifax Transit ferry drivers and workers. In 1979, Dartmouth Transit employees became employees of the Halifax Transit Corporation. In 1981, the Burnside garage became the home of all operating and maintenance employees. It was the first time that our full membership operated under the same roof. In 1994, our premises expanded when the workers of the Halifax Transit Ferry arrived in our family. Two years later, after the Halifax/Dartmouth merger, Access A Bus and Community Transit joined our membership. Local 508 represents the entire Halifax transit bus, ferry, maintenance, reception desk and bus access in the staff. Local 508 members are the economic engine that moves HRM and we are proud to provide the largest transit system east of Montreal. The union`s president, Ken Wilson, said he could not get into the concrete details at this point, but 98.5% voted in favor of the deal. The agreement met with the help of a conciliator and Wilson said that while wages were a part of the discussions, they were not the main topic. Halifax council will now have to sign the agreement, and Wilson said it could be done as early as next week.
Transit workers last went on strike in 2012, a conflict that left Haligonians unserviced for 43 days. “There were other contentious points on the table that… 21 months of conciliation to get them off the table, and our membership was satisfied with what they saw on Sunday. “We were very happy, the members seemed satisfied,” he told the “Rick Howe Show” of NEWS 95.7. “You know, you can always do better, but if you understand the environment we are in today, membership has overwhelmingly accepted the offer we have brought to them.” Member of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 voted in favor of the contract with the municipality on the weekend after months of back and forth. It was one summer night in 1908 that five streetcar workers and one Longshore employee lowered themselves to Sons of Temperance Hall on Cornwallis Street and discussed joining a union. On July 8 of the same year, Local 508 of the Amalgamated Association of Street, Electric Railway and Motor Coach Employees of America was sanctioned with the support of the Washington International Office. For 112 years, we have been moving the people of Halifax, Dartmouth and the surrounding area safely. “This was the last employer offer we accepted, so how can the Council not ratify it? It was their offer,” he said.