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Viva drivers to strike on Monday?

York Region Transit is advising passengers that buses will not be operating along the five Viva bus rapid transit routes if drivers strike at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, September 22.

The drivers are members of the Amalgamated Transit Union’s Local 113, which also represents TTC workers.

According to The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, the dispute between the union and Veolia Transportation Inc. centres on whether the company should pay drivers for sick days. The Globe quotes Local 113 president Bob Kinnear who says that the drivers do not get paid if they are sick and that Veolia fires any employees who have been sick for longer than 12 months.

If the Viva drivers strike, YRT will operate all other bus services on their regular schedules. It will not be adding extra buses to any routes that parallel Viva services and will not revise its routes to replace Viva. (YRT drivers on all other routes are members of another local of the ATU).

Veolia Transportation is a French company that operates transit systems around the world and has operated Viva since 2005.

You can read the Globe and Mail’s article here.

You can read the Star’s article here.

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