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ATU 113 Negotiates Picket Line Bus Delay Protocol with York Region

Tue, 2008-09-30

NEWMARKET – Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 has come to an agreement with the Regional Municipality of York over how long York Region commuter buses will be delayed by striking Viva bus operators on picket lines at TTC stations and other terminals.

York Region had announced earlier today that it would seek an injunction against the picketing from the Superior Court of Justice but ultimately settled out of court with negotiations that lasted several hours.
Under the protocol, York Region officials agreed that strikers can delay each bus exiting a station for two minutes and the union has agreed to keep the line-up of delayed buses to no more than eight.

“We have the legal right to picket and will continue to do so,” said ATU 113 President Bob Kinnear.
“We understand that exercising this right means travel times for York Region Transit passengers may have to be adjusted but we are only delaying, not preventing their travel.”

Veolia Transportation, the privately-owned operator of the Viva buses, was not a party to the protocol negotiations.

ATU 113 and Veolia will return to the bargaining table tomorrow at the request of the provincial mediator to attempt to resolve the strike that began last Thursday.

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