Striking school bus drivers conducted information pickets at two Bowmanville schools this morning to provide information and engage directly with parents and students impacted by the work action.
“Parents and other community members are incredibly supportive when they hear that the drivers are on strike because First Student refuses to pay for all of the time spent driving the bus,” said Unifor Ontario Director Naureen Rizvi. “Many are shocked to learn that the person they entrust to transport their kids to school safely is expected to work for free.”
The main strikers gathered at the First Student Bowmanville location before sending delegations to St. Joseph’s elementary and Bowmanville high school to distribute information flyers. The drivers received a warm welcome from parents, students and school staff as they explained that unpaid work and low wages were the basis for the job action.
“We understand that this strike is affecting families in our neighbourhoods,” said Unifor Local 4268 President Debbie Montgomery. “The drivers are part of those communities which is why they’re taking the time to speak face-to-face with parents to share the facts.”
To view a photo gallery of this morning’s solidarity actions click here.