STO strike in Gatineau: 5 things you need to know

Here's what you need to know about the rotating STO transit strike in Gatineau that begins Thursday.

Federal government workers are urged to find alternate ways to get to work Thursday

STO buses won't be running on Thursday after the union representing drivers and maintenance workers for the Gatineau transit agency announced they were beginning rotating strikes. (Michel Aspirot/CBC)

Gatineau bus drivers and maintenance workers are going on rotating strikes after meetings Wednesday with the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) failed to resolve their differences.

Here's what you need to know:

1. One-day strikes begin Thursday

The rotating strikes will occur one day per week, beginning Thursday, March 16.

The union has said it will carry out job actions on other days of the week, but no details were provided Wednesday.

Union president Félix Gendron said subsequent strike days will be held on a different day each week and the public will know which one it is at least 24 hours in advance.

2. OC Transpo will serve Gatineau

OC Transpo said it will continue to serve Gatineau during the strike.

Routes 8, 95, 96, 105, 234, and 293 will run as usual, however the transit agency is warning that increased traffic may cause many delays.

3. Public service managers asked to consider teleworking

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is telling federal government workers who are affected by the strike to find alternative ways to get to work on Thursday, such as carpooling. 

"Where the situation and operational requirements permit, we also asked managers to be flexible and consider the possibility of flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting or flexible hours for employees whose path for a strike would be greatly affected," Alain Belle-Isle, a TBS spokesman, said.

4. Parking available in Hull 

The City of Gatineau is making 500 parking spaces available for STO users at the Robert-Guertin Centre at 125 rue Carillon in the Hull sector, near the intersection of rue Saint-Rédempteur and boulevard des Allumettières.

5. Updates on strike

The STO is urging riders to check their website,, for updates on the strike situation over the coming days.