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Strike could suspend GO Transit buses on Monday

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / May 30, 2014

go bus strikeGO bus commuters: You'd better start making contingency plans for your Monday commute (all 60,000 or so of you). GO Transit's bus drivers are set to walk off the job as contract talks between their union and Metrolinx near a Sunday night strike deadline.

The strike by 1,800 members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587, including roughly 800 bus drivers, would bring bus traffic across the entire GO network to a screeching halt. Most trains, however, will not be affected (though weekend trains to Niagara and Barrie would be suspended), and GO officials say non-union staff will be ensuring stations are kept open.

In case of a strike, GO is recommending riders make alternate arrangements to bike, drive or carpool into downtown (or just get ready to sardine yourself onto a packed train). On the flipside, in its 47 years of operation, GO Transit hasn't had a single strike yet. Maybe we can all just cross our fingers.

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Ben Stein / May 30, 2014 at 01:16 pm
This have anything to do with the election? Bueller?...Bueller?...Bueller?
jimmy / May 30, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Maybe it does. Must secure their jobs before hudak maybe takes the throne............. and who could blame them if that is why.
Geoff / May 30, 2014 at 02:42 pm
They know Wynne will do whatever it takes to look good right now. Thing is will she cave to the unions no matter what they want? will there be any negotiations at all?

The jobs are safe they are unionized, Hudak stated he was not outright removing anyone or any current postions. The job cuts will be done through attrition by those that quit or retire. Certain positions may no longer be required.
Matthew Fabb replying to a comment from Geoff / May 30, 2014 at 07:33 pm
Tim Hudak also said the 100,000 jobs would be cut over 2 years in order to balance the budget to pay for the tax cuts. That can't simply be done by just attrition in that timeline.

Also part of the PC plan is to increase class sizes, so that clearly means a huge number cuts for teachers, as fewer will be needed.
Wise / May 30, 2014 at 07:50 pm
Load up your Presto Cards
General Zod / May 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm
Yes of course, ill get ready to ride my bike from Burlington on down to Yonge & College. Ill probably have a heart attack half way there. This is the type of stuff that makes people loathe public sector Unions of all kinds. People running around freaking out about whether they will or won't have a way to work next week.
General Zod replying to a comment from Matthew Fabb / May 30, 2014 at 10:29 pm
Who cares? There are over 1.3 Million public sector workers. 100,000 of them can be eliminated through attrition. Approximately 250,000 people retire/leave Government jobs in Ontario every 5 years.

I don't care about the layoffs. All the Liberal Government has done is create jobs off the taxpayers back with no justification. Our population grew 10% in the last decade, Mcguinty increased public sector employment by 40%.

So by all means, hack and slash. Unfortunately that is all the Liberals have left us with. The system is not sustainable. Our debt is massive. It's not David the citizen vs Goliath the debt. This is David the citizen vs Godzilla the debt. The Liberals are ruining Ontario. Buying votes and setting everything up like a popularity contest.

Hudak made no mention of laying off teachers. He is eyeing several thousand administrative roles. Lots of administrators to administer the administers. Jobs for the purposes of having jobs.

Pay now, or pay later.If you pay later - it's going to hurt alot more. Besides, the Liberals are already letting Teachers and Nurses go. They have been doing it for a long time.
Work harder / May 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Work harder and buy a car if you're worried about this kind of crap. You're starting to sound like whiny cyclists.
Jaques Chirock / May 31, 2014 at 12:31 am
We need more gridlock in the old GridlockTownArea- so keep the buses off the road ! yeah yeah-GTA !
Matthew Fabb replying to a comment from General Zod / May 31, 2014 at 01:06 am
"Hudak made no mention of laying off teachers."

Actually Tim Hudak when first announced the 100,000 cuts said "Will it mean fewer teachers? It does. We’ll hire more nurses, we’ll keep our police officers, but it will mean fewer teachers in our system." (That quote was from a Globe & Mail article)

As he specifically said he would change the teachers staffing model and increase class sizes. From the PC Plan, they said they would increase classes by 2 to 6 students depending on the grade. That they would keep full-day kindergarten, but have it taught by one teacher only and eliminate the early childhood educator.

As for the PC party paying down the debt, well while they do want to cut spending, they also want massive tax cuts which decrease revenue and potentially have another deficit and more debt. The last time they were in power, they ended up with a multi-billion dollar deficit because of aggressive tax cuts. The PC's plan hinges on extra revenue from 1 million extra jobs over 8 years. However, several economists have pointed out that they made an math error calculating the jobs from the two economic papers they based it off. That on average their estimates were 8 times too high.

So I don't believe the PC party will balance the budget. From my point of view, all three parties will continue to run deficits and continue to add to the province's debt.
Jordan / May 31, 2014 at 07:54 am
They have a legal right to strike but I have a right to free speech and holding other peoples jobs hostage when your pay is between $55,000 and $75,000 (not including overtime, benefits, pension) to do something that requires no education is pretty darn good in my opinion.
jimmy / May 31, 2014 at 10:09 am
What does education have to do with it? It requires experience and skill to drive a 40 foot vehicle. It also holds more responsibility than some jobs that require "education" where people get on their high horse and assume because they didn't need university for the job the deserve less than everyone else I'll never know. Bus drivers make approx 30 an hour that's what the job pays it's not "pretty good" it's not bad it's market value get over it.

I generally don't agree with strike. But in this case with Hudak threatening their jobs I totally understand.
Loris / May 31, 2014 at 03:26 pm
Lazy union fucks.
Unions are for pussies replying to a comment from Loris / May 31, 2014 at 11:09 pm
I agree. Union workers are the laziest, most self-entitled douches, with the exception of cyclists.
yanni / June 1, 2014 at 07:50 am
Loris... some union workers r lazy yes ... but most r hard workers just like u and I. They have a right to strike just like u have a right to protest about something bad about your job ... take for instance contracting your job out to someone else ... if 1 day u came to work and your boss told u that despite you have good work performance, attendance, and u do your job very well .. he/she is contracting out your position for someone that can do the job for cheaper pay and less benefits ... would you just sit I'm your chair and take it .. or stand up and fight for your job?
hugo / June 1, 2014 at 11:31 am
Their wage is above market rate for most of the jobs that are being completed. The thing is that the private sector must pay just enough to keep a position thats needed competently filled, but not too much that it starts to affect their profits. The public sector can pay 50% above market rate, have unions that protect the incompetent, run a deficit, and its the taxpayers who pay. That being said, it is my understanding that the key issue in this contract is not about higher wages but the contracting out of jobs.
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