First Student Bowmanville and Unifor 4268 Contract Negotiations

March 19th, 2018

First Student and Unifor 4268 Contract Negotiations Update

Durham Student Transportation Services (DSTS) has been notified by First Student Canada that Unifor 4268, the union representing First Student Bowmanville school bus drivers has confirmed that labour action in the form of a strike will begin the morning of Wednesday, March 21, 2018 if an agreement can not be reached.

As of the morning of March 21, 2018, there will be NO school bus services for routes serviced by First Student Bowmanville. Unfortunately, no school bus service will be available for First Student Bowmanville bus routes for the duration of the strike.

DSTS will continue to monitor First Student and Unifor negotiations. Should there be any updates regarding the strike, parents/guardians will be notified by automated call and letter notification from the school.

We respect and value the work of our First Student bus drivers and sincerely hope that negotiations between First Student and its employees will conclude as quickly as possible.

Durham Student Transportation Services, Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board encourage parents to be aware of the situation, confirm their child’s bus operator and monitor the DSTS website ( for further updates.

List of Schools with First Student Bowmanville Bus Routes-

DDSB List of Schools

DCDSB List of Schools

Copy of Parent/Guardian letter, dated March 19, 2018

Copy of Parent/Guardian letter, dated February 14, 2018

Copy of Parent/Guardian letter, dated December 7, 2017