Media Release

November 23, 2011

Labour dispute picketing Thursday; expect YRT delays

Riders advised to expect delays throughout the morning due to GO Finch Station union demonstration
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York advises residents to expect delays on York Region Transit (YRT) routes Thursday morning due to picketing by Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1587 and ATU Local 113 at GO Finch Terminal in the City of Toronto.
Starting as early as 6 a.m., YRT services entering and exiting the terminal will likely be delayed by several minutes each due to picketing activity announced by the unions late Wednesday evening, resulting in longer cumulative delays throughout the morning.
York Region must observe the legal right of picketing; however, will attempt to maintain service as much as possible for riders during this demonstration. The last picketing event staged by ATU Local 1587 and 113 this month resulted in delays up to 60 minutes on some YRT services.
Sixty per cent of YRT/Viva services have been unavailable since Monday, October 24 due to a strike by ATU Local 1587 and 113 against YRT/Viva contracted operators Miller Transit, First Canada and York BRT Services.
Forty per cent of service remains available between southeast division YRT routes and TTC contracted routes in York Region during this labour dispute.
For trip planning assistance, please contact the YRT/Viva Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978). Updates will be available on as well as Facebook and Twitter @YorkRegionGovt

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Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Corporate Communications, York Region
                      1-877-464-9675, ext. 1209 • Cell: 905-251-6412 •


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