Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1374

April 04, 2007 17:28 ET


Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1374 Canada gets an 88% strike mandate

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Transportation Editor CALGARY ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2007) - Amalgamated Transit Union local 1374's membership of 1,062 have overwhelmly rejected Greyhound's latest Contract offer of settlement, by a vote of 92.5%.

Further the union membership voted strongly in favour of a strike mandate by 88%. This has put Greyhound potential in a position of labour unrest.

Amalgamated Transit Union local 1374 represents Operators, Mechanics, Terminal, and Owner Operator employees of Western Canada Greyhound from British Columbia to Ontario, who have been working without a contract since December 31, 2006.

This is the second bad news that Greyhound received this past week as Amalgamated Transit Union local 1700 membership in the United States also rejected their last Contract offer by 77%.

ATU locals 1374 and 1700 Union Negotiating Committees had unanimously opposed these last offers by Greyhound. President Business Agents Jim Higgs of local 1374 and Bruce Hamilton of local 1700 urged Dallas-based Greyhound to return to negotiations with a different attitude.

The two votes signal the potential for labour unrest at Greyhound in both the U.S. and Canada, just as the Greyhound's parent company "Laidlaw" is being sold to the world's largest school-bus company, "First Group of Scotland".

/For further information: Contact
Jim Higgs
President Business Agent
403-229-1336 IN: LABOUR, TRANSPORT

Contact Information

  • Jim Higgs, President Business Agent, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1374
    Primary Phone: 403-229-1336