Union representing GO bus drivers launches strike contingency plan Pipa News

Union representing GO bus drivers launches strike contingency plan

A union representing 2,200 Go Transit employees says contract talks with the transit agency are not progressing and a contingency plan needs to be initiated in the event of a strike.

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1587 said Wednesday that it has warned other transit agencies in the Greater Toronto Area about the impasse and asked them to include them in planning to deal with a potential strike.

In a letter to TTC CEO Rick Leary, ATU President John Di Nio says contract negotiations have been difficult, and there is a “very real possibility” of labor disruption.

“In preparation for the possibility of strike action and ATU’s commitment to safe, reliable and timely service, we believe it is in the best interest of all who can initiate immediate discussions and assist in planning How to best navigate and continue to be of valuable service to our riders,” he said in a letter dated October 4.

ATU 1587 and Metrolinux began contract negotiations in April. The existing collective bargaining agreement for workers expired on June 1.

The union received a “no board report” from the Ontario government last month that put its members on a legal strike on October 1. Thus far, the union has not set a date for the strike.

In an interview with CBC Toronto, De Nio said that the main thing in the conversation is language to protect jobs from contracting.

“Metrolinux is, quite frankly, playing the game on the bargaining table,” he said. “You know, our demands have been very consistent from the start. And every time we sit down at the table, it’s like something new has come to the table.”

Sangh hopes for TTC cooperation

De Nio said the union wants to immediately begin negotiations to plan for potential disruptions as Go Transit services are linked to several regional transit services.

“We want to prepare agencies to try to minimize the impact on riders, despite the fact that we have to do what we need to do,” he said.

Di Nio said the ATU is specifically asking the TTC for cooperation when it comes to placing workers in a situation where they may have to cross a picket line to perform their duties.

De Nio said ATU has language in its collective bargaining agreements with other transit agencies such as Hamilton, Mississauga and Brampton that protect their members’ right to refuse to cross picket lines. That language is not present in the TTC agreement.

De Nio said this could mean changing pickups and drops on some transit routes to avoid Go stations that are the subject of strike activity.

“I think we can avoid all of that by planning a secondary where potentially we serve a transit hub outside of a station,” he said.

Metrolinx and TTC did not immediately provide comment.

talk on

In late September, Metrolinux said it was continuing to negotiate with ATU 1587 and hoped a settlement could be reached.

“As these talks continue, we would like to assure our customers that Go Bus services are running as scheduled,” it said in a statement on September 25.

The union represents Go Transit bus operators, station attendants, plant and fleet maintenance workers, transit safety officers and administrative staff. A possible labor dispute will not affect GO’s rail network as the train operators are represented by a separate union.

De Nio said talks with Metrolinux are ongoing and he hopes the strike can be averted.


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