Amalgamated Transit Union local 1229 approached Acadian bus lines child company of Groupe Orleans on two major points the re-assignment of drivers and pay increase to reflect increases in the cost of living, Acadia Bus line rejected the Unions grievance which resulted in Local 1229 voting 98% in favor of strike action.
A new contract was offered to the union allowed for a once percent increase per year starting in July, which was slightly better then the zero percent that the previous contract contained when talks broke down, this counter contract was nothing short of an insult which the union voted 88% against.
In a knee jerk response without thought or the consequences of such actions, Acadian Bus lines locked out their employees without further talks. The justification for the lock out was to prevent the union from stranding buses and passengers, even though the Union assured the bus line that wouldn’t happen in the event of a strike.
Since the lock out opportunists have expanded their operation to capitalize the market share that would otherwise belong to Acadian Bus lines. A prolong lock out could work against the the bus line if people become dependent on other business to provide the service that is not being met by Acadian Bus Lines and regain that market share may be difficult for Acadian bus lines to recapture that market share. It would to the interests of Acadian bus line to go back to the table and offer a reasonable contract to it’s employees.
Support for the locked out employees is given by Occupy Fredericton in having members on the picket line, supplying entertainment, and anything else that is within Occupy Fredericton ability to so.