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Media Statement: April 9, 2012 Transit Service

Apr 09, 2012

The City of Mississauga's practice with respect to washroom breaks for transit operators is clear. Employees are permitted to use washroom facilities en route as required provided passenger safety is not placed at risk in the process. Without commenting on the specific details of the case at hand, the City is disappointed that the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1572 has decided to misrepresent the issue through the media. In short, the City of Mississauga does not deny its employees the right to take required washroom breaks while on duty.

The City does not discuss the specific details of legal proceedings pursuant to the Ontario Labour Relations Act. However, the City does not agree with the manner in which the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1572 has characterized the nature of the discipline in this case. Further, washroom facilities are provided at the end of most routes and recovery time is built in to operator schedules so as to minimize the impact upon service for customers.

The City is committed to providing its employees with a safe and healthy work environment. In the case at hand, the City has investigated the incident and the employee was disciplined in accordance with the City's progressive discipline process.

This matter is the subject of a grievance that should be properly considered through the grievance arbitration process.

The City of Mississauga's MiWay staff is responsible for providing reliable and consistent transit service to customers. The City holds staff accountable when our service is unduly delayed.

Geoff Marinoff

Director, Transit

Media Contact:
Catherine Monast
Senior Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5046
TTY:    905-896-5151