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Transit talks to resume in York Region

01/22/2012 06:13 EST | Updated 03/23/2012 05:12 EDT

Negotiations are set to resume between transit drivers in York region and their respective employers.

York has faced a three-month period in which hundreds of unionized transit workers have been on strike, a scenario that has affected 60 per cent of bus routes within the region.

When the strike began, York had contracts with three private transit companies — First Canada, Miller Transit and Veolia — whose workers walked off the job.

But last week, York cancelled its contract with First Canada, and the region now wants Miller Transit and Veolia to come up with a service recovery plan.

The decision to cancel the First Canada contract did not sit well with the union representing the striking workers of Miller Transit.

Ray Doyle, the president of ATU Local 1587, said the region was trying to coerce remaining workers to accept an agreement when it cancelled the First Canada contract.

“I’m very disheartened by the fact that York Region chose to cancel the contract … which I feel was a very underhanded tactic to try to bully and scare the workers into accepting an agreement,” Doyle said when speaking with CBC News on the weekend.

Despite the tension, ATU Local 1587 has resumed talks with Miller Transit.

Veolia is due to do the same with ATU Local 113 on Monday.

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