May 21, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Regina, Canada – The Amalgamated Transit Union filed a lawsuit May 18 asking the courts to stop the provincial government from closing the publicly owned Saskatchewan Transportation Company bus service.
“We are filing for an immediate injunction to stop the closure of STC,” ATU Local 1374 President Eric Carr said in a statement May 16. “We are hoping that the judge will see it our way—not only for our 200-plus members of our union but also for the citizens of Saskatchewan.” The provincial government announced in March that it would close STC at the end of May, as part of budget cuts that also included slashing more than half of funding for libraries—cuts Premier Brad Wall rescinded in April after a wave of protests. Carr told the Canadian Press that the provincial buses had been an essential service for many remote communities in Saskatchewan for more than 70 years. “I hope Premier Wall will change his mind like he did with the libraries,” he added. Read more