Media Release

September 23, 2011

Potential strike may impact YRT/Viva services

ATU Local 1587 members in legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 24
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York advises residents that Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1587 members are in a legal position to strike against Miller Transit Inc. as of 12:01 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2011.
A confirmed strike date has not been set at this time. Miller Transit and ATU Local 1587 continue to negotiate and York Region is hopeful the two parties will reach an agreement.
York Region’s Southeast Division contract with Miller Transit includes 51 YRT routes operating primarily in the Towns of Markham, Richmond Hill and Whitchurch-Stouffville, with some routes in the City of Vaughan. Approximately 245 unionized Miller Transit bus operators, mechanics and maintenance staff and 156 YRT vehicles provide service to nearly 16,000 daily weekday riders in YRT/Viva’s Southeast Division.
If a strike occurs, YRT/Viva staff will be available at terminals throughout the Region to assist customers and provide trip planning guidance. YRT/Viva will outline alternate modes of transportation and extend Customer Service Centre hours at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978) to assist riders.
YRT/Viva continues to operate all regular service at this time. Further updates will be available on the YRT/Viva website and the York Region website
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit services throughout all nine municipalities in York Region. More than 120 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel. Over 19 million riders used YRT / Viva services in 2010, with an average of 73,000 boardings made each weekday.                     
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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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Media Contact: Michelle McEwan, Corporate Communications, York Region
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 1209 . Cell: 905-251-6412 .
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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