Ontario Northland Motor Coach Services Remain Suspended as Legal Strike Continues



    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - All Ontario Northland passenger motor coach and
bus parcel express services remain temporarily suspended as the legal strike
by motor coach operators, represented by Teamsters Canada Rail Conference,
enters into its third week.
    Representatives from the Company and from Teamsters met on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday of this week, in the presence of a federal mediation
officer, to further discuss contract terms. Unfortunately, negotiations broke
off on Friday afternoon.
    "We exchanged proposals with union representatives during this most
recent round of negotiations but, unfortunately, were unable to reach an
agreement. We remain willing to return to negotiations at any time and are
anxious to achieve a resolution," 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 please contact: Beverly Martin,
Chief Communications Officer, (705) 472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512, ext. 265,
cell: (705) 845-8884

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