GRT Strike Updates

UPDATE: February 13, 2020:

Partial Refund to U-Pass Transit Fee issued to full-time students at Laurier’s Waterloo campus and Kitchener location: Read more information from Laurier’s website here


Regional Council just approved an agreement with @Unifor4304  The 40-month agreement includes 6% pay increase for employees & additional increases for mechanics & part-time staff. Service resumes Sat. Feb. 1. FREE weekend service in Feb. & refunds on Jan. passes. Read the News Release.
More to come.


UniforLocal4304 has ratified the tentative agreement. A Special Regional Council meeting has been scheduled to consider Regional ratification at 11 a.m., Fri. Jan. 31 in Council Chambers. Click here for Special Council Agenda


On January 28, 2020 Unifor Local 4304 and Grand River Transit reached a new tentative collective agreement.

Next Steps:

  • A ratification vote on the new contract will be held on January 30, 2020.
  • Pending the results of the vote a special meeting of Regional Council will be convened as soon as possible to consider ratification.

Service interruption continues in the interim. For more information please see:

Unifor and GRT reach new tentative agreement:

GRT News Update

Update: January 28, 2020:

Update in relation to the ongoing GRT service interruption:

The Students’ Union understands and appreciates the frustrations many students at Laurier are feeling as the GRT strike continues.

The GRT U-Pass is a joint agreement between the Region of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Students’ Union. The current contract stipulates that there is recourse in the event of sustained interruption of transit service. The Students’ Union is currently working with our Laurier institutional partners to determine what options are available. We will provide updates to the membership as soon as they become available.

Original Post: January 21, 2020:

ION train service WILL continue to operate, however bus shuttles will be unavailable in the event of an ION service disruption. The Students’ Union advises all students who rely on Grand River Transit to look for alternative transportation to the Waterloo campus.There are several alternative transportation initiatives which service the university, including Laurier’s organizational membership in the Region of Waterloo’s TravelWise student carpool program. More information can be found here

Additional information about the service interruption is available below through links to the Region of Waterloo, Grand River Transit, and Unifor Local 4304.

The Students’ Union Foot Patrol  offers a van service for students living more than 2km from campus? The van service is entirely free and runs Monday-Thursday. Information can be found here

The Students’ Union is monitoring this situation closely, and will communicate any developments as soon as they are available.