With news of potential school closures in Toronto due to the CUPE strike comes warnings of possible disruptions on transit. On Monday, October 7, schools in the GTA affected by the Ontario CUPE strike will face closures if the strike has not been settled until then. And it seems workers may face repercussions as well as children and parents.
Global News reports parents are already trying to figure out what to do in case the strike does go ahead. Some have suggested they will have to skip work or their college studies in order to be there for their children.
That may also be the case for parents who work for the TTC and Metrolinx.
If a strike were to occur, Metrolinx spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins warned that there could possibly be disruptions on GO Transit. However, Metrolinx does have measures in place in case that were to happen.
"Metrolinx is planning ahead to ensure business as usual, however, there is always a potential for cancellations, especially with GO Transit buses," Aikins wrote in a tweet posted on Friday.
"We have thousands of staff many with young children, so while we have contingency plans in place to ensure we can continue service, we felt it was important to warn our customers of any potential disruption."
In another tweet, Aikins stressed that Metrolinx is "cautiously optimistic it will be business as usual."
So, whether or not you have a child enrolled with one of the affected school boards, it's worth keeping an eye out over the weekend and on Monday morning for how your commute might be impacted.
Numerous Ontario school boards including the province's largest, the Toronto District School Board, have announced their intent to shut down schools if they much-discussed strike ultimately takes place.
In fairness to them, it seems like Toronto's transit authorities have constant issues to deal with. Last week, it was the climate strike that took over downtown in the 6ix. This coming week, it's the CUPE strike. Next week, it will likely be something else.
Check those timetables!
Narcity has also reached out to the TTC for comment.