OAKVILLE, ON, Jan. 31, 2018 /CNW/ - Oakville Transit Authority's refusal to make serious bargaining proposals may result in service disruption for commuters beginning at 2 a.m. on February 1, says Unifor.
"The employer has not taken bargaining seriously, which makes it impossible to negotiate," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "Drivers are eager to reach a deal to maintain quality service without disruption but the transit authority needs to step up and find common ground."
On January 21, Unifor Local 1256 voted 96% in favour of legal strike action if necessary. The local represents 200 drivers and maintenance workers at Oakville Transit. Should a strike occur, passengers will be impacted in the Oakville area and those connecting with Burlington Transit at Appleby GO station as well as Highway 407 GO Carpool at Dundas Street west of Walkers Line.
"Our members take pride in servicing the public in Oakville," said Tom Dattilo, Unifor National Representative for Local 1256. "But frontline public transit work can be difficult, and at times dangerous, so we expect respect from the employer and fair compensation. At this point in negotiations we are left with little choice."
The parties plan to meet tonight until the deadline.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For further information: please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at [email protected] or 604-726-0130 (cell).