Union Support: ATU Local 1505
On behalf of AESES, President Laurie Morris, crafted and sent off a letter of support to Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 (ATU), with respect to their ongoing contract negotiations with the City of Winnipeg.
Some of the text is included below:
The Association of Employees Supporting Education Services (AESES) represents approximately 3,000 support staff members at the University of Manitoba, St. Andrew’s College and The University of Winnipeg. Many of our members rely on Winnipeg Transit to get to and from their work sites. While some do this as a matter of preference, the vast majority utilize Winnipeg Transit’s services as a matter of need. We stand in solidarity with the ATU in their efforts to secure a fair and reasonable collective agreement with the City of Winnipeg.
AESES supports the ATU in your continued negotiations for improved working conditions in the face of disappointing scare tactics and inadequate offers from the City. In this, the year of the centennial of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, it is ironic that the ATU is still fighting for basic rights for their members.
We strongly urge the City to continue to meet with the ATU and to negotiate a fair settlement to this labour dispute.