|EMSB UNVEILS CONTINGENCY PLAN IN THE EVENT OF TWO DAY TRANSCO BUS DRIVERS STRIKE|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 26, 2018- The English Montreal School Board has sent a letter to parents and guardians of students who utilize the Transco Bus company to forewarn them about a potential two day strike on Tuesday, January 30 and Wednesday, January 31.
Transco school bus drivers are presently negotiating a new contract with their employer. On Tuesday night they refused to accept their management’s contract offer. As such, notice has been given for the potential strike. This would impact some 6,400 students at 32 primary schools of the EMSB.
The Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour has intervened and named a mediator. While it is the hope of the EMSB that a settlement will be reached in the next few days, a contingency plan is in place.
The EMSB is encouraging parents who know each other well to discuss carpooling and after-school play date possibilities amongst themselves to help each other out. The school must be informed in writing about who has your permission to pick-up each child up. “We would like to reiterate that the strike days are not yet sure to take place,” stated EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “The two parties may still come to an agreement.”
The EMSB will be monitoring the situation closely and will advise parents / guardians by email using the mass notification Blackboard Connect system as updates become available.
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213