TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Hundreds of striking York Region transit
strikers are at the Yonge-Finch subway station this morning in response
to complaints by Conservative MPP Frank Klees that he hadn't seen much
picketing in the York Region Transit (YRT) strike.
"Mr. Klees wants to see picket lines, here we are," said Bob Kinnear,
president of ATU Local 113, which represents 220 striking YRT Viva
The picket line will be maintained throughout the morning rush hour.
ATU Local 1587 president Ray Doyle said that the union's strategy will
change from public information to public demonstrations. "We have
generally avoided inconveniencing the travelling public with picket
lines but that strategy seems to annoy Mr. Klees. No problem. We will
Local 1587 represents 250 striking workers from Miller Transit and over
90 from First Student.
Today's massive picket line is a sign of things to come in the strike,
say the union leaders. More such actions are planned in the days to
"The companies have refused our offer of stopping the strike immediately
if they agree to arbitration and the York Region politicians are siding
with the companies in this matter," said Doyle.
"We offered labour peace but they want war," said Kinnear. "What more
can we do?"
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1587
For further information:
ATU Local 1587: Ray Doyle, 416-986-4103
ATU Local 113: Bob Kinnear, 416-398-5113 or 416-223-7366