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YRT bus drivers accept new contract offer, ending strike

The three-month York Region transit strike ended Saturday when Miller Transit employees voted to accept their company’s latest contract offer.

The bus drivers, represented by Amalgamated Transit Union local 1587, voted Saturday afternoon, just days after the other striking workers, employed by Veolia Transportation, approved a new contract.

Buses are expected to be back in service by next weekend.

Union president Ray Doyle endorsed the contract.

“The members are feeling relieved,” he said. “They are ready to get back to work. They fought a long and great fight to get what is right.

“The union sees this as a major win because there are considerable improvements over the last offer that the members were forced to vote on only two weeks ago.”

On Thursday, York Region announced it had hired TOK Transit Ltd. to provide service on the remaining routes not covered by Miller and Veolia. TOK replaces First Canada, whose contract the region terminated on Jan. 16.

The region’s chairman Bill Fisch said the transit authority will offer riders a month of free service when service resumes.

With files from CityNews.ca staff