Letter: Bus drivers thank Rutland residents

"The foreign company's immovable position collapsed like a house of cards. They emerged confused, dismayed."

To the editor:

During the recent transit strike we, the drivers, sent a letter to you, the residents of Rutland. We wished to explain the situation and appeal to you for help.

Ten thousand letters were mailed via Canada Post. The response was remarkable.  Scores of telephone calls and emails were sent to City Hall each hour. At a time in our transit history when a foreign company was attempting to reduce our standard of living and diminish the dignity which our forefathers left for us, we were helped by you, the Rutland residents.

You collectively pursed your lips and blew, just a little, and the foreign company’s immovable position collapsed like a house of cards. They emerged confused, dismayed, and said we wish to negotiate a settlement today.

The strike ended.

Rutland residents did this, and for this we, the drivers, applaud you and thank you. We will not soon forget.

Scott Lovell,

president/business agent, Amalgamated Transit Union

 

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