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No YRT strike tomorrow



According to CP24, all York Region Transit buses will operate with regular service tomorrow, Tuesday, February 22.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 113 who were invoking their right to strike against their employer, Veolia Transport Canada, at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, have agreed to hold a second vote on the contract that the membership rejected last week.

Union members will vote on the company’s settlement offer later this week. CP24 reports that “a significant majority of the membership” signed a petition asking for another vote on the original offer.

The members submitted the petition to the union last night.

York Region contracts all of its public-transit services either to private companies or to the TTC. Veolia Transportation is one of four private contractors that provide conventional and rapid transit operations and maintenance services for YRT and Viva.

Under its contract with York Region for YRT’s southwest division, Veolia operates buses along 24 YRT routes — mainly in Vaughan and but also some routes in Aurora, King, Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. About 214 Veolia operators and mechanics and 131 YRT vehicles serve nearly 28,000 passengers in the southwest division Mondays to Fridays.