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Labour Dispute Update
WHITEHORSE – The City of Whitehorse would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding this week, in light of recent transit delays and disruptions.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
We hope to have our community’s transit service up and running again, without disruptions, as soon as possible.
The City’s primary aim in contract negotiations is to find a solution that achieves the right balance between the interests of its employees and the interests of its citizens.
We respect all of our employee contributions and want to provide an exceptional working environment, but we are also obligated to protect the interests of all parties, including Whitehorse taxpayers, in reaching a prudent and fiscally responsible settlement.
The union’s current settlement proposal is costed at over 20 per cent over four years. The City’s latest proposal was for six per cent over four years.
This is a significant gap between the proposals.
As Transit services are already subsidized by approximately 70 per cent, (i.e. revenue from fares and agreements only covers approximately 30 per cent of the operating costs), we do not feel we can ask taxpayers for much more.
We recognize the important work performed by our Transit employees and remain focused on finding a fair and balanced solution for all parties.
We look forward to any opportunity to return to the bargaining table and are waiting for confirmation of the mediator’s and negotiator’s availability.
Once again, we would like to remind monthly pass holders they have the opportunity to come to City Hall at 2121, Second Avenue, to receive a discount coupon for a future pass in exchange for their current one.
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A/Manager, Strategic Communications
City of Whitehorse