New Brunswick

Acadian Lines and union back to bargaining table

Talks between Acadian Coach Lines and its employee union will reopen this weekend.

A federal mediator has been appointed

Talks between Acadian Coach Lines and its employee union will reopen this weekend with the assistance of an appointed federal mediator.

Employees with Acadian Coach Lines say the lockout has been hard on them.

Nearly 60 other employees on P.E.I. and New  Brunswick  have been on the picket lines since Dec 2.

They were locked out by their employer as a result of ongoing labour dispute.

"The strike pay is $150 dollars a week, that's what it is, it's not very much," Jason Richard, a mechanic with Acadian, told CBC News.

"Hopefully something good will come out of it and we all can get back to work 'cause l think that everybody is ready to go back now," said Gisele Cain, a customer service representative for the bus company.

It's not just the employees crossing their fingers. Those who rely on the intercity bus service are hoping for the buses to return to the road.

At St. Thomas University, some students say it's been frustrating trying to get around.

"It used to be very convenient just to be able to hop on the bus and go back to Miramichi," said student Taylor Hill. "But now I've had to find friends who are travelling, or get my parents to come get me."

There are others affected by the work stoppage.

"It's isolating. My job requires that I travel regularly between here and Halifax and here and Charlottetown and I have lost the flexibility to do that," said Louis Greco, director of government relations with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Transit users say they're hopeful their travelling woes are behind them soon.

Acadian Coach Lines did not respond to CBC News for comment.