A major stumbling block in negotiations that began last April has been the employer's policy of firing workers who are off sick, even if only for a short term, unless they visit a doctor for a sickness certificate. Even with such a certificate, workers are not paid for their sick time. Moreover, workers with serious illnesses, such as cancer, are fired if they cannot return to work within 12 months.
According to The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, that is one of the issues that is standing in the way of a labour contract settlement at Viva transit in York Region. The strike dead line is set for 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
York Region Transit will continue to operate it's other services if the VIVA drivers go on strike. The Region is able to do this because they tender the VIVA transit operations service by contract, to the private sector. Negotiations do not involve the region.
York Region signed an agreement with Veolia Transportation to operate and maintain the VIVA bus rapid transit network. York Region determines the service and fare levels, and retains ownership of vehicles and terminals.