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Media Advisory: School bus driver media availability on lack of COVID-19 protocols

August 24, 2020 - 12:00 AM

August 24, 2020  

TORONTO – Unifor school bus driver members will hold a media availability to express concern on the lack of COVID-19 protocols at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday August 25, 2020.

“With weeks to go drivers still do not have information on measures to protect them and the students onboard from COVID-19,” said Unifor Local 4268 President Debbie Montgomery. “Many of our drivers are senior citizens, more vulnerable to the virus, and right now they’re telling me that they feel like sitting ducks.”

Montgomery will be joined by frontline drivers at a media availability in front of St. Kevin’s elementary school in Scarborough. A school bus will also be on site for media to get footage illustrating the confined space between rows and if wanted b-roll of the bus driving can be shot from outside or inside the bus with masks and social distancing in place as bus will be a full size vehicle.

WHAT:                              School bus drivers express concerns on COVID-19 protocols

WHEN:                              Tuesday August 25, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. ET

WHO:                                Debbie Montgomery, President of Unifor Local 4268

                                            Rob Robson, School Bus Driver Bowmanville

Michelle Lavallee, School Bus Driver Bowmanville

Frank Perrone, School Bus Driver Ajax/Whitby

Hira Khan, School Bus Driver Ajax/Whitby

Angela Sarjeant, School Bus Driver Ajax/Whitby

Safwat Elmor, School Bus Driver Toronto

Stanfield Duverney, School Bus Driver Toronto

WHERE:                         15 Murray Glen Dr, Scarborough M1R 3J6.  Access via Lawrence Ave. E, north on Gooderham Dr. then west on Murray Glen. Note - you cannot access using Murray Glen off Warden Ave as street does not go through for traffic (which may not appear on some maps).

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.

Media inquiries call Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org  or 416-896-3303 (cell).