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<p>Talks will resume this morning between GO Transit and its unionized bus drivers, ticket staff and office workers, ahead of Monday’s scheduled strike date.</p>

GO Transit, union meet today in bid to avoid strike


Talks will resume this morning between GO Transit and its unionized bus drivers, ticket staff and office workers, ahead of Monday’s scheduled strike date.



Negotiations broke off two weeks ago after 69 per cent of workers turned down a contract offer.



Officials are still hopeful an agreement will come out of the meeting, which a third-party conciliator will attend. In case no deal is made, here are answers to some common questions:




When will we know what happens in today’s talks? For up-to-date information, GO will be updating its website — gotransit.com — with the results of today’s meeting.



Once the outcome is known, GO officials will release detailed information about ticket sale locations, any delay warnings and other advice for commuters.




Will ticket sales be affected? Yes. Sales staff make up some of the 1,200 unionized workers negotiating contracts. GO management and supervising staff will be working some sales counters at major GO hubs. Exactly which ones and how many won’t be decided until the outcome of today’s talks is known, said GO spokesperson Stephanie Sorensen.



Many stations are equipped with ticket vending machines.




Will any buses be run by management staff? No. None of the 1,800 weekday bus routes, which stretch as far as Barrie and Hamilton, will operate during a strike.



Commuters are encouraged to find alternate transportation, whether via train or carpool.




What about trains? GO trains will not be affected. Train drivers are CN staff, represented by a different union.



To be safe, commuters should leave early Monday, as routes may be more crowded with added GO bus passengers.




















weekday use




  • On an average weekday, some 30,000 people use GO buses, far fewer than the trains. But unlike the trains — on which 96 per cent of riders are commuting in and out of Toronto — about 30 per cent of GO bus passengers use the service only within the other regions.


 
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