Brantford Operation Lift strike continues but drivers offer to take voters to Tuesday poll

    BRANTFORD, ON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ - Brantford's paratransit drivers on strike
since September 29 have made a public offer to drive registered users to the
polls on Tuesday so they can vote in the federal election.
    "We are grateful we live in a democratic society where workers have
rights," said Larry Kinnear, Amalgamated Transit Union International Vice
President. "We believe it is our duty to vote because so many Canadians made
the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
    "The drivers wanted to do this to demonstrate once again that their
dispute is not with the patrons but with Operation Lift management."
    "There is mutual respect between our drivers and the people they serve.
We all regret that Operation Lift does not seem interested in resolving this
    The consultant who is negotiating for the employer has not contacted the
union since talks broke off on Sunday with little progress.
    "We would have continued negotiating but the employer walked away," said
    Registered paratransit users who wish to go to the polls should call the
regular Operation Lift reservation number.

For further information:

For further information: Larry Kinnear, (202) 309-4120

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