Ongoing strike affecting access to Toronto Union Station bus terminal: Metrolinx

Access to Toronto’s Union Station bus terminal is blocked due to a labor protest on Sunday, according to Metrolinx.

In a notice posted on its website, the company says operational adjustments are in effect for buses that serve the Union Station Bus Terminal.

Metrolinx says people should check its website’s service updates page before traveling.

The company also apologized “for this inconvenience” and the “significant delays for our bus customers”, caused by the strike pickets.

Ninety-five International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (FIBE) workers went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday after the union and the Toronto Terminals Railway (TTR) failed to reach an agreement.

Workers are primarily responsible for the maintenance of signals and communications as well as train control in the Union Station Rail Corridor.

On Sunday, the IBEW tweeted that they would like to be back at the bargaining table.

Union Station is the busiest public transit hub in Canada.

In a statement Wednesday morning, the IBEW said the union remained committed to working with the company to reach a “just and reasonable settlement”.

TTR says the workers have been without a new contract since December 2019.

In a statement, the operator said it began negotiations with the union in early 2020, but the talks were delayed due to the pandemic. They resumed last summer.

The employer says a tentative agreement was reached in September 2021, but has not been ratified by union members.

TTR says the union’s increased wage demands are at the heart of the problem.