I took a look in my email box last night, and decided it was time to clean house and do a little round up and review of issues and stories from the last while. So, over today and tomorrow, there will likely be a series of posts so I can tidy up things a bit.
First off, I received an update from one of the striking HandyDART employees who tells me that the union, ATU local 1724, asked the company- MVT Canadian Bus for binding arbitration, but the company has now rejected that idea.
Striking workers are now asking their riders and the public for support in pressuring Translink to persuade MVT to agree to arbitration. Because Translink only pays MVT for the trips they actually provide, Translink is actually saving money as the strike continues. And interestingly enough, when you look at how the company operates, it would appear they may have little motivation to settle with the workers, because they don’t even own the HandyDART vehicles or pay the rents on depots – Translink does! In essence, MVT is only having to continues to pay managers salaries,and doesn’t have to worry about lost money on idle vehicles or empty properties.
The parent company, California based, MV Transportation Inc, bills itself as the largest provider of paratransit in the U.S.