Union issues strike notice that could affect handyDART services starting Monday, Jan. 22. (Black Press file)

Strike could start Monday for handyDart

BC Transit warns users to find alternate transportation

Strike notice issued today means Victoria handyDART services could be disruped as early as Monday (Jan. 22).

BC Transit’s service contractor for handyDART services – First Canada – received 72-hour notice from their unionized handyDART employees of potential job action. First Canada only operates the handyDART services in the Victoria region.

The union says it regrets the impact the disruption would have on its valued riders but has no choice with no talks scheduled and negotiations stalled.

“BC Transit and its contracted service provider First Canada are responsible for driving these negotiations into the ditch,” says Ben Williams, president Unifor Local 333 in a release. “We believe a contract could still be reached before Monday’s shutdown but First Canada’s negotiator has left Victoria and BC Transit apparently could not care less if our members go on strike instead of insisting First Canada reach an agreement.”

Williams said union members voted 97 per cent in favour of strike action. At issue are operators who work full-time but are denied permanent status to avoid benefits other operators receive, he says.

BC Transit says essential service levels would be maintained for handyDART users needing cancer care, dialysis, and care for multiple sclerosis. The interuption would only affect handyDART, not conventional transit and the Taxi Saver program.

The handyDART service is an accessible, door-to-door shared transit service for people with permanent or temporary disabilities that prevent them from using fixed-route transit without assistance.

BC Transit recommends that customers who use handyDART should make alternative arrangements for their transportation in the event of any service disruptions that may occur. Registered handyDART customers can take advantage of the Taxi Saver program, and more information is available by calling 250-995-5618.

Visit bctransit.com or call 250-382-6161 for more information on transit alternatives.


 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Esquimalt man faces four charges of sexual assault, investigators suspect more victims

71-year old Kit Wong practiced acupuncture from his home during the time of the assaults

Heat and smoke raises health risks

Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror Health risks arising from heat and… Continue reading

Pet-A-Palooza a good reason to ‘pawse’ this weekend in Victoria

Puppies, goats, wiener dog races and more on the grounds of St. Ann’s Academy Aug. 18-19

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Victoria Lavender owner set to retire

Sidney storefront to remain open, future of goat yoga undecided

Interim GoFundMe payments approved in Humboldt Broncos crash

$50,000 to be given to each of the 13 survivors and each family of the 16 people who died

Altidore nets 3 as Toronto drubs Whitecaps 5-2

Vancouver falls 7-4 on aggregate in Canadian Championship final

Ottawa intervenes to get B.C. ball player, 13, to Little League World Series

Before immigration issue was resolved, Dio Gama was out practicing the game he loves Wednesday

Pet goldfish invades small B.C. lake

Pinecrest Lake is located between Whistler and Squamish

Mounties deployed to help B.C. communities affected by wildfires

RCMP officers heading to places particularly within central, northern and southern B.C.

Quebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffs

Premier Philippe Couillard says his government will make $863 million available over five years

B.C. company patents Sasquatch, the country’s first homegrown hops plant

Created by Hops Connect, Sasquatch hops are being grown commercially for the first time in B.C.

Farmers ponder impact of alternatives to pesticides being banned

The nicotine-based pesticides scientists have linked to a rising number of honey bee deaths will be phased out of use in Canada over a three year period starting in 2021.

Most Read