Oakville Transit strike continues, no plans to return to bargaining table


Published February 22, 2022 at 3:26 pm

The Oakville Transit strike has moved into Day 6 and there’s still no plans for both sides to return to the bargaining table.

As of Tuesday, a date for negotiations between the Town and Unifor Local 1256 had yet to be scheduled.

The Town said it “remains willing and prepared” to meet with the union to reach a resolution that gets 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.

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

The Town said it appreciates everyone’s patience and cooperation during this time.

Union members of Unifor Local 1256, which represents Oakville Transit drivers and maintenance workers, rejected a tentative settlement and began striking last Thursday (Feb. 17).

After four days of bargaining, the Town and Unifor union reached a tentative three-year agreement on Feb. 8. Put up for a ratification vote on Feb. 13, members of the union rejected the deal.

All regular bus service has been suspended and Oakville Transit’s specialized care-A-van service will operate for medical trips only with dialysis appointments given first priority.

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

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

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