A Whitehorse Transit bus idles on 3rd Avenue during a work-to-rule campaign by unionized transit staff March 19. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News)

UPDATED: Whitehorse Transit cancels some runs as union works to rule

City, YEU locked in dispute over severance pay, long-service bonuses

Buses are running in Whitehorse this morning, but riders should expect delays after transit workers launched a work-to-rule campaign over a contract dispute with the City of Whitehorse.

Transit workers will be showing up for shifts and leaving work exactly on time, refusing overtime and any optional work, and taking breaks exactly as scheduled.

Yukon Employees Union president Steve Geick said drivers may pull over and ask riders to get off the bus while they take their breaks, though they won’t do that anywhere that would be dangerous for passengers.

“We don’t want to incovenience the public, but we have to to some degree to put pressure on the city,” Geick said.

The city is urging transit riders to consider alternate travel arrangements. But as of 6:3o a.m. conventional transit and Handy Bus services were both operating.

The Yukon Employees Union, representing 340 municipal workers, including 34 bus drivers, maintenance workers and administration staff, says it offered economic concessions in exchange for the city dropping changes to severance pay and long-service bonuses. City manager Linda Rapp has said those changes are a priority for the city.

On Twitter, the city said several bus runs would be cancelled Monday afternoon and urged rides take alternate routes.

The city is also posting updates on its strike information page.

Contact Chris Windeyer at editor@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Yukon Yuletide: Santa Claus to make early gift drop in Watson Lake

Santa will be stopping by the community today in a DHC-2 Beaver

Yukon health insurance unit requested too much medical info to process doctor’s bill, IPC finds

The Department of Health and Social Services overreached by asking for a patient’s clinical record

MP Larry Bagnell to vie for re-election

The announcement was made on Dec. 14

Contractor says YG bonding policy prevents small companies from building school portable

The Department of Highways and Public Works confirmed bonding is required for the project

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Yukon Yuletide: How to find the perfect Christmas tree

Every Yukon household is entitled to harvest two Christmas trees every year

Commentary: Know your rights: Changes to Canada’s criminal driving laws are coming

Bill C-46 is bringing with it some new laws starting Dec. 18

Santa makes an appearance on Main Street

This weekend was Whitehorse’s Santa Claus Parade

History Hunter: The misfortune of ‘Hard Luck’ Harper

The story of “The Father of the Yukon,” Arthur Harper

Yukonomist: Back to the future on Arctic oil and gas development in Alaska and Russia

Senator Ted Stevens wore Incredible Hulk ties when pushing ANWR to show everyone how serious he was

Canada Cup Series starts again at Mount Sima

More than 60 athletes from across the country took part in the slopestyle and big air competitions

Most Read