The union says about 2,200 GO Transit workers will go on strike starting Monday morning
The Canadian Press
Posted on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 6:14 pm EST
Last updated Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 6:54 PM (EST).
Commuters across much of southern Ontario may find themselves looking for alternative modes of transportation after the union representing 2,200 GO Transit workers announced they would be out of a job starting Monday morning.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 issued a statement Sunday saying it was unable to secure a new contract with Metrolinx, the operator of the regional transit service that covers much of the Greater Toronto and Golden Horseshoe areas.
The strike, which will involve bus operators, station attendants and other workers, will begin at 12.01am on Monday. by Metrolinx stated before this bus service will be suspended in the event of a strike, although the trains will continue to operate.
ATU Local 1587 President Rob Cormier said bargaining talks broke down because of safety concerns related to hiring contract workers from outside companies.
“Negotiations have failed because Metrolinx has not come to the table with a reasonable offer to address one of our key issues,” the union said in a statement. “Anti-hiring protections are essential to ensure that experienced workers are operating GO Transit safely and efficiently. Without these protections, Metrolinx will be able to contract with outside companies that will hire inexperienced workers in precarious, non-union positions.”
Metrolinx did not immediately respond to a request for comment on future job action. Anne Marie Aikins, the company’s media and public relations manager, has previously encouraged customers to plan ahead, allow extra time for commutes and stay updated on the strike’s progress through GO Transit’s website and social media accounts.
The ATU said negotiations with Metrolinx began in April and members have been working without a contract since June 1. He said 81 percent of members voted against a contract offer submitted by the company, a move Aikins previously described as disappointing.
The strike comes three days after thousands of Ontario education workers, represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, walked off the job indefinitely. ATU has said that it supports these workers.
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