Union president promises service over the break
Travellers relying on GO buses over the holidays can stop worrying — their unionized workers are staying on the job, at least for now.
“We’re not going to disturb the Christmas holiday,” union president Denis Tanham said yesterday.
Though the drivers, ticket agents and office workers are headed for a strike, they won’t do it at least until the new year, he said.
Still, 30,000 commuters who use GO’s fleet of more than 300 buses to get to work and school would do well to spend part of the Christmas break scoping out travel options.
The union has tentatively scheduled a meeting tomorrow of its executive to discuss strike plans, Tanham said. It also has posted on its website information on where members can obtain copies of “A Survival Manual for Workers on Strike or Locked Out in Toronto.”
GO board chair Peter Smith said he expects some disruption, whether it’s a full strike, rotating strikes or a work-to-rule action by the 1,200 unionized workers. But managers will take over ticket agents’ work so trains will be fully available.
The company is talking to regional transit agencies to see whether there’s more they can do to assist GO bus riders with connecting to the train service and the TTC.
It has no intention of locking out its workers, but there will be no more money on the table, Smith said. “We are not negotiating. Even the union executive realized that,” he said. “I’m hoping goodwill prevails.”