City of Saskatoon
Thousands of people across Saskatoon are putting on their walking shoes, finding alternative modes of transport, or just staying home as the transit shutdown continues.
"It's frustrating," said Ruby Riesco.
Riesco was walking down 20th Street West with her friend Dolly from Peru. Both are participants in the Canada World Youth Cultural Exchange program which brought nine youth from across Canada and nine youth from Peru to the city to do volunteer work and experience prairie life.
City council voted unanimously Monday to legislate changes to its general pension fund, increasing contribution rates over the next three years.
Council held a special meeting to enact these changes to the general pension plan – which affects the city’s nine unions including the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615. The pension changes come in light of the pension board recognizing a $68 million deficit in the general pension fund, $6.7 million for just the transit union.
A judge rejected a defence motion for a mistrial in the case of Douglas Hales.
Justice Gerald Allbright delivered his decision Monday afternoon in Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench.
Defence lawyer Bob Hrycan spent Monday morning arguing for Hales' previous month-long trial for the murder of Daleen Bosse to be thrown out and followed with fresh proceedings.
Less than 12 hours after the lockout came into effect, transit workers were out in full force to picket the city’s move.
A few dozen drivers, dispatchers, and maintenance workers picketed outside city hall to show their discontent with the city's decision to lock them up Saturday night after contract negotiations failed again.
Thousands of Saskatoon bus riders will be forced to find other modes of transportation until further notice after contract negotiations between the City and transit union broke down again Saturday.
The City of Saskatoon announced last-minute negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 had failed to produce a contract agreement.
The University of Saskatchewan has drawn up a contingency plan if
Saskatoon Transit services are suspended Monday morning.
The plan was revealed just hours after a lockout of transit workers was expected to take effect because of an on-going labour dispute.
Bear mace and flying fists brought Saskatoon police to 2nd
Avenue outside the O'Brian's Events Centre on two separate
occasions Friday night.
This was during a performance from American hip-hop artist Tech N9ne.
At 11:30 p.m., police say a man walked up to a group of people standing outside the building and let loose with bear mace.
Several people were treated on scene by MD Ambulance. Police are still looking for the suspect, who ran from the scene.
A Saturday night transit lockout is all but guaranteed after labour negotiations broke down yet again Friday afternoon.
President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 Jim Yakubowski, said both sides met for just 45 minutes on Friday, and even before the union sat down, the city was clear they weren’t moving on pensions or wages.
While the city of Saskatoon and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615 continue to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement – a group of transit users is walking on egg shells – as a looming lockout set for Saturday night approaches.
Bus service in Saskatoon could be suspended this weekend if a deal can't be reached between the City and the union representing transit workers.
The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) was handed a lockout notice by the City on Thursday.
The notice gives the union 48 hours to come to an agreement with the city, otherwise buses will stop running Saturday at 9 p.m.
Access Transit will not be affected by a lockout.