ON: Union Tries New Tactic in York Transit Strike

Striking York Region Transit workers are trying a new tactic in their bid to get contract talks restarted.

About 200 workers boarded buses at Richmond Hill Centre bound for Finch station this morning, leaving fewer seats for regular commuters.

Amalgamated Transit Union spokesman Bill Reno says he's not sure how many strikers were on each bus, but says a few are "taking the tour."

The 600 employees at Veolia Transportation, Miller Transit and First Canada are in the seventh week of their strike.

Reno says the union is willing to return to the bargaining table and would end the strike immediately if the dispute was sent to arbitration.

The union says the main issues are the gap in wages and benefits between the York workers and their counterparts elsewhere in the Greater Toronto Area.

(AM640, The Canadian Press)

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