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For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2012
 
 

Region of Peel Service and Labour Disruption Update: TransHelp Negotiations Break Down and Will Be on Strike

BRAMPTON, ON. (June 10, 2012) – The Region of Peel advises that negotiations for a new collective agreement for 80 TransHelp employees represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 966 have broken down as of 5:20 a.m. this morning. The union has given notice that they will be on strike as of Sunday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m.

TransHelp employees will join 282 Public Works employees that have been on strike since June 4 and 500 Human Services staff that have been on strike since May 3.

“We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement,” says Steve Davis, Acting Director, Human Resources.  “We remain optimistic that a fair and equitable agreement will be reached with all bargaining units. We ask for patience and co-operation from TransHelp clients and all residents during this difficult time.”

The health and safety of residents is a priority for the Region of Peel. Business continuity plans are in place to ensure all essential medical trips continue. Other trips will be prioritized by providing work and school trips first, then personal and recreational trips, where capacity exists.

Services Not Affected

  • Dialysis and essential medical appointments will continue.
  • The Passenger Assistant Program is not affected.
  • Taxi scrip users can continue using this service.
  • Rides provided to Caledon customers by Caledon Community Services will continue.

Affected Services

  • Work, school and non-essential travel will be accommodated where capacity exists.
  • Same-day trips and standby-ride bookings will be suspended until further notice.
  • No new client applications will be processed.
  • Clients are asked to book trips a minimum of two business days in advance during a strike.
  • Booking confirmations will be available after 3 p.m. the business day before a trip.

The Accessible Transportation office remains operational during the strike. Trips will be provided using contracted services. Clients should continue to book trips through the regular channels. TransHelp clients are encouraged to call 905-791-1015 to cancel any pre-booked, non-essential travel. Clients will not be charged for cancelling non-essential rides.

Passengers have the option of using Brampton Transit, ZUM and MiWay, as most buses are wheelchair accessible. Please contact Brampton Transit and MiWay for further details:

Other useful contacts, including taxi service providers:

  • Bramcity Taxi: 905-455-7777
  • BTS Transportation: 416-663-7433
  • Blue and White Taxi: 905-274-4444
  • Caledon Community Services: 905-951-2300

Visit peelregion.ca for up-to-date information on services or follow Public Works on twitter at twitter.com/peelpublicworks.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:


Public Works/TransHelp
Ken Chiu
Communication Specialist
Tel. 905-791-7800, ext. 4667
ken.chiu@peelregion.ca


Human Services
Jennifer Marvin
Communication Specialist
Tel. 905-791-7800, ext. 4668
jennifer.marvin@peelregion.ca

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail


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