TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - CAW members who drive school buses for the
Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board
and the Toronto French School Board have voted 91 per cent in favour of
taking strike action, if a fair and equitable first contract cannot be
The vote was held yesterday evening. Drivers will be in a legal strike
position as of April 28, but may extend the deadline depending on the
pace and success of negotiations.
CAW Local 4268 has been in negotiations with Stock Transportation
(contract service provider for the school boards) since mid September,
with little progress in reaching a fair contract.
"We are extremely hopeful that a strike can be avoided," said Debbie
Montgomery, CAW Local 4268 president. "Our members deserve to be
treated fairly, they provide a crucial service for the city's education
system, including for the largest school board in the country."
CAW members provide service in the north and eastern areas of the city
to all three school boards.
"We do not want a disruption in service for Toronto students. If that
does occur though, it will be caused by the unwillingness of Stock
Transportation to negotiate an equitable collective agreement for our
members," said Montgomery.
Outstanding issues include compensation related to hours of service.
The union encourages the parents of children who use the bus service to
contact the school board and Stock Transportation with their concerns.
CAW Local 4268 represents approximately 600 workers at Stock
The CAW represents 17,000 members in the road transportation sector,
including thousands of school bus drivers and public transit operators.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
CAW National Representative Shane Wark (cell) 416-300-8048, Debbie Montgomery (cell) 416-220-6549 or CAW Communications Shannon Devine (cell) 416-302-1699