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Looming GTA school bus driver strike would affect thousands of students

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016

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A potential school bus driver strike could affect thousands of Greater Toronto Area students.

Letters were sent home with students on Monday (see the letter below), warning parents that drivers with First Student Markham could walk off the job next month.

The union would have to give 72 hours notice before beginning any job action. The union will be in a legal strike position as of Nov. 3.

If a strike does happen, it would impact 2,500 public school students and almost 6,000 Catholic school students.

Negotiations are still ongoing.

The Toronto District School Board says in the event of a strike they will be unable to bring in another company to service the affected routes.

This comes after a chaotic start to the school year, where a school bus driver shortage left students stranded and parents fuming.


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List of schools that would be affected:

ADAM BECK JR PS
BENDALE JR PS
BENNINGTON HEIGHTS ES
BEVERLY GLEN JR PS
BLAKE STREET JR PS
BLYTHWOOD JR PS
BRIMWOOD BOULEVARD JR PS
BROADLANDS PS
BROOKSIDE PS
CEDARBROOK JR PS
CHARLOTTETOWN JR PS
CHIEF DAN GEORGE PS
CLIFFSIDE PS
CORNELL JR PS
CORVETTE JR PS
DENLOW PS
DUKE OF CONNAUGHT JR & SR PS
DUNDAS JR PS
DUNLACE PS
EARL BEATTY JR & SR PS
ELKHORN PS
GENERAL BROCK PS
GENERAL CRERAR PS
GEORGE B LITTLE JR PS
GEORGE WEBSTER ES
GEORGE WEBSTER ES SOUTH
GLEDHILL JR PS
IROQUOIS JR PS
JOHN A LESLIE PS
NORTH AGINCOURT JR PS
NORTHLEA E & MS (RUMSEY & DIVADALE)
OWEN PS
R H MCGREGOR ES
RANCHDALE PS
RENE GORDON ES
RIPPLETON PS
THOMAS WELLS PS
THREE VALLEYS PS
TREDWAY-WOODSWORTH PS
WEST HILL CI
WILKINSON JR PS
WILLIAM G MILLER JR PS

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