October 22, 2006 15:00 ET

Bus Union To Picket Greyhound Depot Monday, Oct. 23rd, 11:30 A.M.

Members Of ATU Local 1374 will be out to inform the public of Greyhound actions which will directly affect them.

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Transportation Editor EDMONTON, ALBERTA, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 22, 2006) - ATU Local 1374's information picket, which will occur Monday October 23, 2006, 11:30 A.M., in front of the Edmonton Greyhound Depot, will publicize that they have been negotiating in good faith for a new Collective Agreement while Greyhound is announcing the termination of all of their Courier Owner Operators in Edmonton. As a result negotiations are presently at an impasse.

Greyhound's actions are the latest in a string of terminations, abandonment of service and contracting out of bus routes and departments at Greyhound.

* During the last year or so some 1.5 million miles of bus routes in Manitoba, 500,000 miles in BC, and several routes in Alberta have been contracted out or abandoned.

* In the Edmonton area alone Greyhound contracted out the runs between Edmonton and Macklin, Edmonton and Swan Hills, Edmonton and Drayton Valley.

* When Greyhound said they could no longer afford to operate between Grande Prairie and Peace River they contracted that run out. If this was such an unprofitable route then why has the contractor added schedules on this run?

* In Calgary, Greyhound contracted out the entire Canadian call center to the United States terminating 75 Canadian employees.

* In Edmonton, and many other locations across the country, the working conditions are unacceptable. Bus lanes are littered with pallets and other "junk", causing safety hazards for employees working around the buses and drivers trying to manoeuvre the obstacle course inside the depot.

* The aesthetics of the bus fleet are in a deplorable state, a condition our passengers can readily attest to.

Members of Local 1374 will be out in full force on Monday to publicize the detrimental effect, not only for our members but also for passengers in Western Canada, these terminations, service cuts and contracting out of routes will have.

Contact Information

  • Len Munter, President and Business Agent, ATU LOCAL 1374
    Primary Phone: 403-229-1335
    Secondary Phone: 403-660-4216
    Toll-Free: 866-255-1374