Striking bus drivers hold information pickets at schools


BOWMANVILLE – Striking school bus drivers will conduct information pickets at two Bowmanville schools on Friday March 23 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.” 

WHAT:  Unifor striking school bus driver information picket

WHO:    Naureen Rizvi, Unifor Ontario Regional Director, Debbie Montgomery, President Unifor Local 4268, School bus driver members

WHERE:  Bowmanville HS 49 Liberty St N, Bowmanville, ON; St. Joseph’s ES 90 Parkway Crescent, Bowmanville, ON

WHEN:  Friday March 23, 2018 8:00 a.m.

“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.”

More than 120 drivers at First Student, servicing the Durham, Durham Catholic, Kawartha Pine Ridge and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Boards, began strike action on March 21, 2018 after working without a contract since August 31, 2017.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O’Keefe at @email  or 416-896-3303 (cell).