To declare Grand River Transit an essential service.
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Most people who drive or can afford to take taxis consider transit as an afterthought, a supplement to the existing road infrastructure of the Region Of Waterloo. To them, a transit strike is not really news.
For the working poor, students, the homeless, the elderly, and those with disabilities that prevent them from driving, "transit strike" is a terrifying phrase to hear.
Having the GRT tell these people to "make alternative travel arrangements in case of a strike" shows a callous lack of understanding about their situation. They cannot afford to take a taxi all the time or own a car. Some might not even be capable of driving due to physical or mental limitations brought on by age, disability or illness.
A transit strike is an attack on the mobility rights of the more vulnerable members in our society, denying access to medical care, employment and social assistance, education, and work. All because other people who are already better off in comparison want more money and comfort in the work they do.
This is unacceptable. It's time to do something about it.
If you feel the way I do, please sign my petition to request the Government of Ontario to pass legislation to make the GRT an essential service for the people of the Region, free from labour disruptions. This has already been done in Toronto and it has worked very well. There's no reason why this great Region can have it here too.
Thanks for reading my petition!
David Alan Gay
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