Sherbrooke, September 27, 2001 – About a month ago, the bus drivers of the Metro Sherbrooke Transit Corporation (MSTC), walked off the job to ensure the safety of users and citizens. Local 3434 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-QFL) deems that this situation inconveniences users who miss their connections. The union believes that the MSTC must adjust its bus routes and obey speed limits.
“Users have a right, not only to a high-quality service, but also to a very safe service, and these are not mutually exclusive”, said Ghislain Leroux, the Vice-President of CUPE Local 3434, who is worried to see that the MSTC is dragging its feet. Should the speed limit be changed? The union says yes, but the MSTC is happy to just carry out a study and hire schedule checkers and inspectors to follow buses driven by the members of the union executive. This is not helping.
The union considers that it is urgent to solve the problem and hopes that users and drivers will pressure the MSTC administration to act rapidly.
CUPE represents about 6,500 urban transit workers in Quebec. In addition to this sector of activity, CUPE is present in 10 other sectors, among them health and social services, education, municipalities, air transport, and communications. With almost 100,000 members in Quebec, it is the largest affiliate of the QFL.
Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees (QFL)
Lizette Dub,0020CUPE union representative
Ghislain Leroux, Vice-President, CUPE Local 3434
Robert Bellerose, Communications Representative