School bus drivers east of Toronto begin strike action

A number of school bus routes in Durham Region will not operate on Tuesday, after the union that represents some drivers went on strike.

Drivers want to eliminate unpaid drive hours

Some school bus drivers east of Toronto want to paid for time when the bus is otherwise empty.

A number of school buses in Durham Region will not be operating on Wednesday, after the union that represents some drivers went on strike. 

First Student Canada, one of Ontario's largest transportation providers, has cancelled a number of routes throughout Durham today. 

As of 12:01 a.m., First Student Canada and Unifor Local 4268 - bargaining on behalf of drivers - had failed to reach a deal that would allow school buses to run through the busy morning. For months Unifor has conducted negotiations with First Student with the aim to eliminate the use of unpaid work hours and to improve wages.

The strike took effect Wednesday morning. There will be no service school bus routes serviced by First Student Bowmanville will run in Northumberland County, or in the Municipality of Clarington.

The strike affects routes in the Durham, Durham Catholic, Kawartha Pine Ridge and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Boards. Community members should visit the site for Student Transportation Services for Central Ontario or Durham Student Transportation Services for school listings and cancellation notices.