TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The union representing 250 striking
workers at Miller Transit in York Region has responded to an invitation
by the Provincial Mediator to return to the bargaining table on Friday
in an effort to end the strike that began on October 24.
The workers turned down Miller's last offer by nearly 84 per cent in a
labour board-supervised vote on January 6.
"The record is clear that we have always been willing to negotiate,
despite York Region Chairman Bill Fisch's claims to the contrary," said
Ray Doyle, president of ATU Local 1587.
"Our members sent a very clear message to this private contractor that
their last offer fell very wide of the mark to get a settlement.
"We will listen to what they have to say tomorrow. Our members want to
get back to work but it has to be on terms that recognize and respect
the value of the work they do."
Doyle reiterated the union's proposal, first advanced in early November,
to end the strike immediately through binding arbitration.
"York Region residents have to know that every day of this strike past
November 2 has been due to Bill Fisch's inexplicable opposition to a
fair process of neutral arbitration."
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1587
For further information:
Ray Doyle, 416-986-4103