TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Three months to the day after the strike
began, a tentative settlement to end the Viva bus strike in York Region
was reached earlier this evening between Local 113 of the Amalgamated
Transit Union and Veolia Transportation, which operates the Viva bus
service under contract to York Region Transit.
The settlement is subject to secret ballot ratification by the 220
members of Local 113 who work for Viva. A membership meeting to discuss
the tentative settlement and conduct the ratification vote will be held
this Thursday morning. The Local 113 bargaining committee is
recommending the settlement to the members.
No details of the tentative settlement will be released until the
ratification vote has been held. If the settlement is ratified, Viva
bus service will resume in accordance with a schedule determined by
"The residents of York Region can thank Chairman Bill Fisch for the
length of this strike, as he inexplicably refused to even ask the
private contractors to take the dispute to arbitration," said Bob
Kinnear, president of ATU Local 113.
"This strike would have been ancient history by now if Fisch had not let
his fantasies that the workers would cave in easily get in the way of a
"With the early termination of the First Student contract, we now know
he had the contractual authority to direct the private contractors to
arbitrate our differences. York Region residents and taxpayers should
be demanding an explanation of what Fisch thinks was gained by his
refusal to exercise this authority three months ago."
Kinnear will be available for interviews after the ratification meeting
at the Monte Carlo Inn in Vaughan on Thursday. The meeting will begin
at 12:30 p.m. with results of the vote expected mid-afternoon.
This tentative settlement is not tied to negotiations between ATU Local
1587 and Miller Transit and First Student.
SOURCE Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 113
For further information:
Bill Reno, 416-223-7366.