Lockout notice given to Regina bus drivers
Union previously issued strike notice
The union representing Regina's city bus drivers, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 588, says it's 'appalled' after the city issued lockout notice.
The union said Wednesday it was informed Nov. 9 that workers could be locked out any time after Monday.
The union had served strike notice of its own last month, as the two sides try to negotiate a new contract.
Drivers have taken job actions in the past few weeks, including driving no faster than 40 km/h and not using their two-way radios.
We are appalled that while the city has suffered little or no revenue loss, they would in turn have our members suffer loss of salary for the duration of any lockout.- Union spokesman Don Baker
The union said a lockout would be unfair, considering that its job action has involved relatively minor changes and the buses are still running.
"Having said that, we are appalled that while the city has suffered little or no revenue loss, they would in turn have our members suffer loss of salary for the duration of any lockout," union spokesman Don Baker said in a news release.
A spokesperson for the city told CBC News the lockout notice is justified, considering the union's actions.
Just as they have the right to strike, we have the right to lock out.- City of Regina spokesman Brian LeGard
Two sides met last week and agreed to mediation, but when the city sent the union a letter asking it to stop job action, nothing changed, said Brian LeGard, the city's manager of labour relations.
Just because the city has issued lockout notice doesn't mean it's going to happen, LeGard noted.
"It would be our last course of action. Just as they have the right to strike, we have the right to lock out."
LeGard said the city really doesn't want to lock out drivers with the Grey Cup approaching. It all depends on what the union does, he said.
With files from Jordan Jackle