Oakville transit drivers give 72-hour strike notice

OAKVILLE, ON, Feb. 14, 2022 /CNW/ – Unifor Local 1256 announced Monday it was giving Oakville Transit 72 hours’ strike notice after the company’s latest offer was rejected by its members.

“No one should be surprised that these essential workers at Oakville Transit are frustrated and rejected the company’s offer,” said Tim Mitchell, Unifor National Representative. “The issues on the table are both monetary in nature as well as related to working conditions, at a time of uncertainty, with Covid fatigue and high inflation.”

If the 179 bus drivers from the local and its employer cannot reach a deal by Thursday Feb. 17, 2022 at 5 a.m., they will be on a picket line.

Members are seeking higher wages, top-up pay for drivers who, if they work 38 hours, will be topped up to 40 hours, better language for casual workers and more paid sick days.

“Our drivers have worked tirelessly through the pandemic providing reliable public transportation,” said Alice Kelly, President of Unifor Local 1256. “It’s no surprise they’re frustrated and they’ve voted to give notice that they are more than willing to exercise their right to strike.”

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

SOURCE Unifor

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