Oakville Transit service comes to a stop as workers go on strike

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Published February 17, 2022 at 10:18 am

With Oakville Transit workers on strike, as of Thursday there is no regular bus service or Home to Hub service. OAKVILLE TRANSIT PHOTO

Oakville Transit has come to a grinding halt as workers officially went on strike Thursday morning.

As of today, there is no regular bus service or Home to Hub service.

The specialized care-A-van service will operate for medical trips only with dialysis appointments given first priority.

The Town of Oakville says back on Feb. 8 it had reached a tentative three-year agreement with Unifor Local 1256 after four days of negotiating, one they believed was “competitive, fair and reasonable.”

The agreed deal was taken to union membership for ratification, but was rejected in a vote on Sunday (Feb. 13).

While there are no scheduled talks with the union currently, the Town says it “remains willing and prepared” to meet with the union to reach a resolution and get Oakville Transit services back on the road.

“We are extremely disappointed that Unifor members turned down the very competitive and fair settlement that their bargaining team recommended,” said Phoebe Fu, Commissioner, Community Infrastructure.

“We remain optimistic the union will come back to the bargaining table to reach a reasonable resolution.”

Due to current staffing requirements and resources at this time, Oakville Transit does not promise same-day trips for medical appointments (other than dialysis) and says it will work with customers to find a time that works best for them.

Customers can contact 905-337-9222 to book a trip.

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