Transit Windsor services interrupted due to staffing issues following vaccination mandate

Windsor, Ont. –

The City of Windsor is reducing Transit Windsor services due to staffing issues following the implementation of its COVID-19 vaccination policy.

As of Monday, November 15, around 91% of municipal staff had confirmed their immunization status or had approved housing. The remaining 200 or so employees are suspended without pay.

City officials say due to the large number of Transit Windsor operations and maintenance workers found not to comply with the city’s vaccination policy, bus schedules will be reduced from its current full service to an improved service model on Saturdays starting November 21, 2021.

“The service will continue, but there will be fewer rotating buses and unfortunately delays are to be expected,” said managing director Tyson Cragg.

“This will not apply to additional school buses, these will remain a priority.”

Passengers are urged to check for updates and use the Transit app for real-time arrival information.

Dave Petten, president of CUPE Local 543, says his union, which represents a section of employees in the city of Windsor, has already filed grievances on behalf of many workers on unpaid leave.

“We were hoping that the council could explore other options because, as you may know, there are municipalities and workplaces that have a testing policy,” Petten explains.

The city encourages riders to check for updates and to use TansitApp for real-time arrival information. Anyone with questions can call 519-944-4111.

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