Possible strike could cause bus service disruptions in coming weeks
Published Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:09PM EST Last Updated Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:01PM EST
KITCHENER -- Bus services in Waterloo Region could see some disruptions in the coming weeks due to a possible strike.
The region confirmed on Tuesday that talks are ongoing with UNIFOR, which represents 700 Grand River Transit and MobilityPLUS workers.
They say both sides are attempting to work through outstanding issues.
The union will be in legal strike as of position Jan. 14, meaning all conventional buses, busPLUS and MobilityPLUS services could be disrupted.
"If there's a strike next week or anytime, I will be in trouble because there is no other way to transport me," says commuter Kaland Panchal.
But the region says the ION train service will continue to operate.
According to the union's website, GRT members have voted 98.99 per cent in favour of strike action, if necessary.
The GRT's fleet consists of more than 250 buses and 35 specialized MobilityPLUS vehicles, serving over 2,500 stops across the region.