About 560 drivers and mechanics from York Region Transit and the Viva Express route walked off the job at 4am yesterday. They are demanding parity. Their current pay is $22 per hour – $7 less than their GTA counterparts.
“If a two-week strike doesn’t send a message maybe it’ll have to be two months,” said Bob Kinnear, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, which represents 220 Viva workers employed by Veolia Transport. The three striking groups represent about 60 per cent of York Region’s transit workers. A fourth group of Veolia employees continue to work in the southwest part of the region.