The Rocky Mountaineer lockout continues: photos
Employees of Rocky Mountaineer held signs in protest of the ongoing lockout, which is now in its seventh month.
Some of Rocky Mountaineer employees' basic demands include overtime payment after 11 hours (staff often work shifts of 16 hours or longer), and increased benefits and wages.
Rocky Mountaineer said that it was providing the same training to its temporary employees during the lockout, and has been actively promoting its services -- tickets to Rocky Mountaineer were in the gift bags of Oscar nominees at the recent Academy Awards.
However, some visitors have complained of poor-quality service since the lockout on Tripadvisor.com. One customer from Northfield, New Jersey, wrote:
"We were not informed that the attendants were on strike but found out as our Globus Tour bus crossed the picket line in Vancouver. We should have gotten off of the tour then but we had already paid for the trip and wanted to see all Canada had to offer. Little did we know that the Red Leaf Service was little more than a cattle car and the service was non-existent. The temps the company had hired were impatient with the travelers, and acted annoyed at most requests. The train manager was equally incompetent."
So far, an online petition has been created to bring employers back to the negotiating table, but no talks have been planned to date.