BRAMPTON, ON. (June 7, 2010) - The labour dispute between the Red Cross Mississauga-Halton and CUPE has resulted in a strike that impacts the following two Accessible Transportation services, effective today:
- Passenger Assistant Program (PAP)
- Dialysis Transportation (Passenger Plus)
Other services and programs operated by the Region's Accessible Transportation group - TransHelp, Community Bus, taxi script service - are unaffected and continue to operate normally.
Red Cross will continue to provide service to dialysis patients seeking rides to appointments.
Passenger Assistant Program service is interrupted with no service delivery until the strike is over. PAP customers should seek alternative transportation arrangements.
The labour dispute is between the Red Cross Mississauga-Halton and drivers represented by CUPE. The Region of Peel is not involved with the negotiations. The Red Cross is contracted by the Region to deliver the Region's Passenger Assistant Program and Dialysis Transportation.
"Passenger Assistant Program customers should be aware of the service disruption while customers travelling for dialysis treatment will continue to receive transportation service at this time," said Damian Albanese, Transportation Director. "The Region is not involved with the negotiations, but the Region does encourage the Red Cross and CUPE to work together to address the outstanding issues so service can resume for our affected customers."
The Region will continue its effort to communicate necessary information to the clients of the affected services. Please visit the Region's website for the latest news on this matter and for updates on when services will resume.
Accessible Transportation customers can contact the Region's Accessible Transportation office at 905-791-1015 for information.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.