Viva bus operators say Veolia offer substandard

    TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Bus operators on strike against Veolia
Transportation in York Region turned down the company's offer yesterday
because it fell short of industry standards in a number of key areas.
    "The members were unhappy with the proposed settlement and felt they
deserved something closer to the contract standards for transit workers in
Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga," said ATU 113 President Bob Kinnear.
    "They're looking for a better offer on wages, sick days and the benefits
package and we hope the company has received that message clearly."
    Kinnear also said the negotiations were complicated by a buildup of
animosity between management and the workers over the last couple of years.
    "Viva is a relatively new operation and there have definitely been
growing pains. There is an emotional dimension to this situation that will
take efforts on both sides to resolve."
    No talks to end the strike have been scheduled but Kinnear says the union
is open to sitting down with the company to discuss a new deal.

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For further information: Bill Reno, (416) 223-7366

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