Ontario Northland Invites Striking Motor Coach Operators Back to the Table



    TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario Northland has invited striking motor
coach operators back to the negotiations table. A written invitation was
extended to the chief negotiator for the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference,
representing Ontario Northland's 50 striking motor coach operators, on
November 30, 2007.
    "With the interests of our customers in mind, we have invited Teamsters
representatives back to the table in the hope that we can reach an agreement
and resume motor coach operations in time for the holiday season," said
Beverly Martin, Chief Communications Officer with Ontario Northland.

    Background

    Ontario Northland announced on Saturday, September 29, 2007, that all of
its passenger motor coach and bus parcel express services were being
temporarily suspended due to a labour disruption by motor coach operators
represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
    The territory affected by the disruption includes all Ontario Northland
motor coach routes between Hearst and Toronto, along both the Highway 11
corridor through North Bay and the Highway 144/69 corridor through Sudbury.
    In addition, most shuttle services connecting to our Northlander and
Polar Bear Express passenger trains are also suspended. The Northlander
shuttle service traveling north in the evenings from Cochrane to Driftwood,
Smooth Rock Falls, Kapuskasing and Hearst is still available. Unfortunately,
southbound shuttle services from these locations to Cochrane is not available.
The Polar Bear Express will continue to travel between Cochrane and Moosonee
from Monday through Friday and the Northlander train will continue to travel
between Cochrane and Toronto daily, except Saturday.
    Passengers scheduled to travel through or within the affected area may
hold their tickets for future travel or return them to any Ontario Northland
station or agency for a full refund on the unused portion, without penalty. In
addition, passengers traveling along the Highway 11 corridor may redeem their
motor coach tickets for travel on Ontario Northland's Northlander passenger
train.
    Passengers are encouraged to contact Ontario Northland's Passenger
Services Department at 1.800.461.8558 for more information.





For further information:

For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Beverly Martin, Chief
Communications Officer, (705) 472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512, ext. 265, cell:
(705) 845-8884

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