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YRT workers picket southwest division operations centre,
delaying bus services tomorrow, November 28



Members of the Amalgamated Transit’s Local 1587 and Local 113 will set up picket lines at York Region Transit’s southwest service operations centre tomorrow, Tuesday, November 28.

The employees are on strike against three private companies that supply transit services to much of York Region — First Canada, Miller Transport and York BRT Services. Buses that operate out of the southwest division facility are among the few transit services that YRT is still able to provide during this labour disruption.

Expect delays on all remaining YRT buses tomorrow morning, if workers carry out their plan to target the southwest division for picketing tomorrow.

Starting at 5:30 a.m., Region of York staff expect picketers to delay each YRT bus exiting the operations centre by several minutes, likely resulting in longer delays throughout the morning, as the strikers delay more and more drivers and their vehicles.

York Region says it must observe the legal right of picketing; however, it will try to maintain service as much as possible for riders during this demonstration.

The last union picketing demonstration at this location earlier this month resulted in delays as long as 60 minutes on some YRT services.

Sixty per cent of YRT and Viva services have been unavailable since Monday, October 24, due to a strike by ATU Locals 1587 and 113 against three of the four private suppliers that York Region has contracted to operate transit service.

Forty per cent of service remains available to passengers during the dispute: all YRT buses operating out of the southwest division and all TTC buses serving routes in Markham and Vaughan.