York Region Transit drivers vote on contracts again as strike looms

York Region commuters should soon know if they will be facing a transit strike.

This is the second time this month that Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 members will vote on tentative contracts.

If the result is no, the Veolia Transport employees could launch a strike as early as next week.

Valerie Michael, Veolia Transport spokesperson, is optimistic.

“We are hopeful that an agreement will be reached,” Michael said.

Last week, York Region Transit workers rejected the deal, triggering a potential strike. Talks continued over the weekend and broke down before the strike deadline. But, a strike was averted when the majority of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 signed a petition for a re-vote.

A strike would affect 24 bus routes in Vaughan and nearly 28,000 riders in southwest York Region.

YRT and VIVA transit services have not been affected and are running as scheduled.

Check TorontoObserver.ca often for updates in this developing story.

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By: Dennis Wu
Posted: Feb 25 2011 3:34 pm
Filed under: News