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Viva strike averted

A Monday-morning strike by Viva bus operators has been averted after a tentative deal was reached Sunday.

All Viva and YRT services are set to run on their normal schedules.

About 160 drivers — employees of Veolia Transportation Inc., the private contractor that operates York Region’s Viva service — had threatened to walk off the job last week if talks yielded no progress by Sunday’s deadline.

Veolia and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, the workers’ representative, had been at odds over inconsistent shift assignments, wages and the treatment of sick workers.

Vaughan Today
Online: September 21, 2008 [link]