Hamilton warns transit users that disruptions are possible due to potential strike action


Published October 23, 2023 at 11:24 am

City of Hamilton says transit strike possible HSR

The City of Hamilton is asking commuters to consider alternative transit options due to a possible transit worker strike that could severely impact HSR service.

Today (Oct. 23), the city said disruptions to transit service could kick off as early as Oct. 25 and that the municipality is preparing “contingency plans” in the event that it does not hammer out a deal with ATU Local 107, Hamilton’s transit union. 

In a news release, the city said it requested a no-board notice from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development last month in hopes of expediting contract negotiations with the union. The talks have been ongoing for approximately nine months, with 26 negotiation days completed. 

The ATU and the city’s negotiating teams are scheduled to meet on Oct. 23 and 24.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 25, the union would be in a legal strike position, and the city would be eligible to issue a lock-out notice. 

These actions will not be triggered automatically. 

The city also says the union has announced that it will wait until Nov. 5 to meet with its members. 

“At this time, the city is advising all transit customers to consider what alternative forms of transportation they may be able to use for their commuting needs if a labour disruption occurs and the city’s transit service becomes unavailable,” the city said in a news release, adding that it hopes people can prepare early should job action occur before Nov. 5. 

“To prepare the system for a possible disruption, the Hamilton Street Railway will take steps to ensure that all city buses can be returned to service as soon as possible following a possible disruption.” 

The city also said staff members have prepared a protocol to provide updates to commuters and that residents can receive updated information on social media and here

This potential disruption will not affect DARTS (Disabled & Aged Regional Transportation System)

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