In the early morning hours Monday, the union representing more than 1850 bus drivers, station attendants, maintenance and safety personnel and some office staff reached a tentative deal with Metrolinx — the company that operates GO Transit — averting a labour strike that would have affected about 53,000 commuters.
Negotiations between the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 and Metrolinx began in earnest last week and continued until around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning.
The union's three-year contract expired on Saturday, and a strike deadline had been set for 12:00 a.m ET Monday. It would have been the first strike GO Transit's 47-year history.
Despite the deadline, GO Transit buses continued operating on a regular schedule as negotiators worked towards a new deal.
A spokesperson for ATU Local 1587 said the group was "pleased" with the agreement, but declined to comment further on the specifics of the tentative deal.