Upwards of 10,000 students across Durham – including some in Brock Township – could be left without bus transportation to and from school as of Thursday (Nov. 30).
Drivers with First Student Canada in Ajax and Brooklin, who are represented by Unifor Local 4268, will go on strike unless a deal is reached.
“As of the morning of Nov. 30, 2017, there will be no school bus services for routes serviced by First Student Ajax and First Student Brooklin. Unfortunately, no school bus service will be available for First Student Ajax and First Student Brooklin bus routes for the duration of the strike,” reads a notice from Durham Student Transportation Services, which provides bus service for both the public and Catholic school boards.
“DSTS will continue to monitor First Student and Unifor negotiations. Should there be any updates regarding the strike, parents/guardians will be notified by automated call and letter notification from the school. We respect and value the work of our First Student bus drivers and sincerely hope that negotiations between First Student and its employees will conclude as quickly as possible.”
Transportation to more than 100 schools could be impacted by the strike, though none are in Brock Township. However, local students enrolled in Durham Continuing Secondary Education and those attending schools outside the township (such as Port Perry High School) could be affected.
For more information on the strike, visit www.dsts.on.ca