As of Thursday morning an online petition organized by Canadian Auto Works against proposed scheduling cutbacks by Greyhound had about 800 names.
The cutbacks would see bus service to Clearwater reduced from two buses per day in each direction to just one.
Instead of having a daytime bus and a nighttime bus to both Edmonton and Vancouver, the community wold have the nighttime service only.
The cutback is part of a package of service reductions recently approved by BC Passenger Transportation Board.
“Despite an online campaign which gathered nearly 800 signatures many of whom left poignant messages as to why service should remain the same or improve, the Passenger Transportation Board saw fit to grant the cuts to service,” said CAW 114 president Gord McGrath.
“Minister Polak has already stated she will not reverse this decision, despite having the authority to do so. This is a slap in the face to thousands of customers and hundreds of communities who rely on Greyhound for service and the workers who provide this service,” he added.
McGrath encouraged those concerned to voice their opinion to Minister Polak and their MLAs either through the CAW Local 114 website or by fax, phone or email.
“During the provincial election in May, I hope candidates are questioned on their position on this issue. It is not too late to make a difference,” said McGrath.
CAW Local 114 currently represents over 4,000 members across B.C. and Alberta. The CAW’s petition to have Greyhound’s application approval reversed can be viewed at www.cawlocal114.com.