November 24, 2017
Toronto – Unifor Local 4268 has served First Student Canada with a strike notice effective as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday November 30, 2017.
“We hope to reach a fair deal with First Student as we know the service our drivers provide is vital to students and their families,” said Unifor Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi. “However, it’s simply unfair to expect school bus drivers to continue to accept subpar wages and do unpaid work.”
Unifor Local 4268 represents drivers at First Student Ajax and First Student Brooklin who service approximately 10,000 students at the Durham District School Board, the Durham Catholic District School Board, and the Toronto District School Board in the Ajax, Brock, Oshawa, Pickering, Scarborough, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby areas.
“Drivers assume responsibility for the safety of children while also navigating school buses through our communities, yet they remain at the bottom of the professional driver pay scale,” said Debbie Montgomery, President of Unifor Local 4268. “School bus drivers deserve decent wages and working conditions and we’re not willing to settle for less from First Student.”
Unifor will continue to negotiate with First Student until Thursday’s strike deadline with the goal of reaching a fair contract.
For more information visit unifor.org/schoolbus.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).