Media Advisory - Deny Greyhound Proposal for B.C. Service Cuts, CAW Urges

VICTORIA, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) has submitted a proposal to the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) urging denial of Greyhound's application to cut service on Vancouver Island and the B.C. interior.

The Greyhound proposal calls for 3.54 million kilometres (or 2.2 million miles) of service cuts in B.C.

"Greyhound, the PTB and the provincial government have a social contract with all of British Columbia," CAW Local 114 President Gord McGrath said. "We call on British Columbians to voice their concerns to the PTB and to the provincial government to deny Greyhound's application. Greyhound needs to understand that when they are granted a license to service the province, this means the entire province. Greyhound cannot be allowed to cherry pick routes," McGrath said.

"CAW Local 114 represents Greyhound employees on Vancouver Island and Fort St. James," McGrath said. "Greyhound's application not only affects these members directly, but other 114 members throughout British Columbia, their families and friends and especially their communities. These communities rely on Greyhound for services."

CAW Local 114 has an online petition for the public to send their message to the Passenger Transportation Board and the Liberal government, which can be found at   www.cawlocal114.com.

The proposal was submitted in collaboration with the CAW Greyhound membership and CAW Economist Jim Stanford.

CAW Local 114 currently represents over 4000 members across B.C. and Alberta. The CAW's proposal submitted to the PTB and the petition to have Greyhound's application denied, can be viewed at (www.cawlocal114.com).

SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)

For further information:

Gord McGrath, CAW Local 114 President cell (604) 835-1195 or office (604) 524-9457 or email mcgrath@cawbclocals.com  or Jeannie Blaney, CAW Local 114 Greyhound Staff Representative cell (250) 217-3873 or office (800) 665-1950 or email jeannie@cawbclocals.com