West Quebec schools brace for bus driver strike
Drivers at three of the four school bus companies in West Quebec are set to go on strike on Monday, potentially affecting how thousands of students get to school.
The English-language Western Quebec School Board, in a note online to parents, said drivers at Bigras Transport and Autobus LaSalle voted in favour of striking.
Schools will remain open, but parents will have to provide for transportation to and from school.
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The board said since an agreement might still be possible, parents should check the board's website for the latest updates.
The potential strike affects more than 50 routes to 10 schools in the board, as well two schools (Dr. W. Keon and St. John's) in the French-language Haut-Bois-de-l'Outaouais school board.
Drivers at the des Collines school bus company are also slated to strike.
Drivers from the Jean-Jacques Campeau bus company voted 70 per cent in favour of a new deal. The bus company serves two French-language school boards in west Quebec, the Commission scolaire des Draveurs and the Commission scolaire des Portages-de-l'Outaouais.
CSPO president Jocelyn Blondin said students in her board in Hull and Aylmer would not be affected by a bus strike. But she said students in the rural areas of the board, including La Pêche and Quyon, rely on Autobus LaSalle and would be affected if weekend negotiations are unsuccessful.