TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Ontario Northland and the Teamsters Canada Rail
Conference, representing the Company's motor coach operators, announced today
that they have reached a tentative labour agreement.
"We are very pleased to have reached a tentative settlement with
Teamsters," said Beverly Martin, Chief Communications Officer with Ontario
Northland. "We are anxious to resume full motor coach operations as soon as
possible and apologize once again to all of our customers, who have been
inconvenienced by this recent labour disruption."
"The motor coach operators are dedicated professionals who came to the
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference to provide the representation necessary to
make a variety of improvements within their collective agreement. While this
strike has been difficult for the people of this region, we believe this
settlement is fair to the union members and we are proud to represent such
professionals in the transportation industry," said Douglas Finnson, Vice
President, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.
Details of the 52 month contract, which is retroactive to September 1,
2006 and expires on December 31, 2010, are being withheld pending presentation
to the Teamsters membership, which includes 50 Ontario Northland motor coach
operators working in North Bay, Timmins and Sudbury. Ratification meetings are
currently being scheduled.
Resumption of Services
Ontario Northland will be working to resume full motor coach services
early next week. Additional information will be communicated as it becomes
available, through the media and on the Company's web site, at
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 included 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 the Northlander and
Polar Bear Express passenger trains were been suspended. The Northlander and
Polar Bear Express trains themselves continued to operate according to their
For further information:
For further information: MEDIA INQUIRIES: Beverly Martin, Chief
Communications Officer, Ontario Northland, (705) 472-4500 or 1-800-363-7512,
ext. 265, cell: (705) 845-8884; Douglas Finnson, Vice President, Teamsters
Canada Rail Conference, (613) 235-1828 or cell: (403) 816-3849