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Greyhound may lock out workers August 12,
affecting commuters and intercity bus passengers

citytv News reports that Greyhound Canada is preparing to lock out its workers, including 300 drivers and 170 terminal and maintenance staff, this Thursday, August 12.

The employees, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Canada’s Local 1415 have rejected the company’s latest contract offer. According to citytv, the union wants a better deal on employee pensions and driving hours.

The lockout may affect bus service across Ontario and Quebec, although Greyhound may still offer some trips from Toronto and Ottawa to Sudbury and all points west. In 2009, about 4.2 million passengers traveled along the routes that Greyhound will suspend if it locks out its employees.

Greyhound says that, in the event of a lockout, passengers who have already bought tickets can use them to travel in the future for as long as a year after the original trip date or they can get a refund.

The company expects that drivers from the United States will operate buses serving cross-border routes.

Members of Local 1403 have been without a contract since July 1. The company notified workers Friday, after the workers rejected the latest contract offer by a vote of 87 percent, that it will be locking them out as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

Although primarily an intercity (and interprovincial) bus service, Greyhound Canada also offers commuter services to and from Barrie, Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Oshawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Toronto and other places in Southern Ontario.

Greyhound also recently canceled several of its routes in Southern Ontario on Sunday, January 17 and Sunday, April 11.

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