Tentative deal reached with 1 company in YRT strike

A tentative settlement is reached with one bus company in the York Region Transit strike, exactly three months after it began.
Transit workers in York Region have been on strike since Oct. 24. (CBC)

Exactly three months after the York Region Transit strike began, a tentative settlement has been reached between Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union and Veolia Transportation.

Veolia is one of three companies that operates bus service in the region, under contract to York Region Transit.

The local's 220 members will vote on the agreement on Thursday.

The union said no details of the settlement will be released until the vote has been held.

If the settlement is ratified, bus service will resume with a schedule determined by Veolia.

"The residents of York Region can thank [York Regional Municipality] chairman Bill Fisch for the length of this strike, as he inexplicably refused to even ask the private contractors to take the dispute to arbitration," Bob Kinnear, president of Local 113, said in a statement. "This strike would have been ancient history by now if Fisch had not let his fantasies that the workers would cave in easily get in the way of a common-sense solution."

Veolia operates five Viva bus routes in Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan, under contract to York Region Transit.

This tentative settlement is not tied to ongoing negotiations between Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1587 and two other companies — Miller Transit and First Student.