CAW Extends Strike Deadline for School Bus Drivers

April 27, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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The CAW is extending the strike deadline to Monday, May 2 at 12:01 a.m. for members who drive school buses for the Toronto District School Board, Toronto Catholic District School Board and the Toronto French School Board.

CAW Local 4268 is in a legal strike position with Stock Transportation (contract service provider for the school boards) as of Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Negotiations are ongoing.

Debbie Montgomery, president of CAW Local 4268, said that the strike deadline has been extended with the hope of reaching a fair settlement and avoiding any interruption in service. A work stoppage would impact between 6,000 -7,000 students in the east and northern parts of Toronto for all three school boards.

"School bus drivers are in these jobs because they care about children and their safety, we have no interest in disrupting service -but we do expect our members to be treated fairly. Currently, this is not the case," said Montgomery.

"Our members make a very important contribution to the city's school system and the education of school-aged children, and bear incredible responsibility, but this work is not fairly compensated," said Montgomery. "We're looking for basic improvements to conditions of work."

CAW Local 4268 represents 600 workers at Stock Transportation.

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