(Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012) – Metro Transit Management expressed disappointment that members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508 have rejected HRM’s contract offer.
“We put forward a contract package, inclusive of wage increases, that would allow us to build a sustainable, reliable transit service for the future,” said Metro Transit Director Eddie Robar. “The vote is a disappointment but we remain resolved to get a contract.”
Mr. Robar stressed that bus service will continue as usual for the time being. A 14-day countdown to a possible work stoppage began when the Conciliator filed his report on Jan.18, making Feb. 1 at Midnight the first time buses could stop. The union, which represents 750 bus operators, transit fleet mechanics, ferry crew and other transit workers, is also required to provide 48-hour notice of a legal walkout.
“We continue to serve the needs of 96,000 daily riders and we will be available during this countdown period to go back to the table to secure a deal with the ATU Local 508,” said Mr. Robar.
Metro Transit customers are advised to check the Metro Transit portion of the HRM website at www.halifax.ca/metrotransit for updated information. Information will also be shared by @hfxtransit on Twitter and through the HRM call centre at 490-4000.
Metro Transit is the primary transportation service provider in HRM and the largest transit system in Atlantic Canada, comprised of over 300 buses and 3 ferries. In addition to its conventional fixed route system with 61 routes, including the premium MetroLink and MetroX services, it operates three Community Transit routes, the harbour ferry service and the door-to-door Access-A-Bus service for persons with disabilities.