ATU Local 113 members are in a legal position to strike as of 12:01 a.m.
on Monday, February 14
NEWMARKET, ON, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - The Regional Municipality of York advises
residents that Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 members are in
a legal position to strike against Veolia Transportation Services
ATU Local 113 members will invoke the right to strike as of 12:01 a.m.
on February 14 if a new contract agreement for York Region Transit's
(YRT) Southwest Division is not reached.
Although negotiations between ATU Local 113 - the same Local that
represents the TTC - and Veolia Transportation have been ongoing, the
next meeting between the two parties is not scheduled until Sunday,
February 13. This scenario provides little advance notice to
passengers, residents and YRT officials should a strike in YRT's
Southwest Division be confirmed.
YRT contracts all of its operation of public transit services to the
private sector and the TTC. As a result, York Region does not directly
employ bus operators. Veolia Transportation is one of four private
contractors that provide conventional and rapid transit operations and
maintenance contracts for York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva.
York Region's contract with Veolia Transportation for its Southwest
Division includes 24 YRT routes operating primarily in the City of
Vaughan, and some routes in the Towns of Richmond Hill, Newmarket,
Aurora and Markham and the Township of King. Approximately 214
unionized Veolia operators and mechanics and 131 YRT vehicles provide
service to nearly 28,000 daily weekday riders in YRT's Southwest
At this time, YRT/Viva continues to operate all regular service. York
Region is hopeful that the two parties will reach an agreement without
a strike, but advises residents to visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (1-866-668-3978) to stay informed and plan ahead.
In the event of a strike, YRT/Viva Transit Inspectors and Customer
Information Representatives will be available at busy locations
throughout the Region to assist customers and provide trip planning
guidance. YRT/Viva will also outline alternate modes of transportation
that residents can use throughout the strike and will extend its
Customer Service Centre hours to assist callers in planning alternate
In the event of a strike, customers are encouraged to make alternate
travel arrangements such as:
Alternate route arrangements
Use of north/south TTC routes operating in York Region
to connect to and from the Toronto subway system
Use of GO Transit services in the Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill and
Brampton Transit's Züm
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit services throughout all nine
municipalities in York Region. More than 120 routes keep residents
connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in
the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel. More than 19 million
riders used YRT / Viva services in 2010, with an average of 73,000
boardings made each weekday.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
SOURCE Regional Municipality of York
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