Maintenance Workers' Strike STM to compensate its clients

Press release


Maintenance Workers' Strike
STM to compensate its clients

Montreal, August 14, 2007 - Mr. Claude Trudel, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), has announced that the Board has approved compensation for clients inconvenienced by the May 22-25, 2007 walkout by maintenance workers belonging to the CSN.

“The STM is concerned with offering top-flight service. As soon as the work stoppage ended, the Corporation committed to compensating clients – as it did following the legal strike in 2003,” Mr. Trudel said.

To make up for the service interruption, the STM is offering compensation to clients who held May 2007 passes – either regular or reduced-fare. Anyone holding a monthly pass (CAM) for May 2007 will be entitled to purchase their September CAM at a rate reduced by $3.50 for regular passes and $2.00 for reduced-fare passes*.

In order to take advantage of this offer, those buying their September CAM will have to present their May 2007 pass at the time of purchase. In accordance with the federal tax credit for public transit, introduced in 2006, the STM will provide clients with a tax receipt. Passengers can obtain the credit by visiting any station between August 25 and September 5. In addition, the STM is offering a credit for the TRAM 3. It is available at the Cartier, De la Concorde and Montmorency stations.

Clients who held a May 2007 pass but are not purchasing a September CAM can still take advantage of this offer of compensation. All they need to do is present themselves between August 20 and 24, from 6 AM to 9:30 PM, at one of the mobile kiosks located in the following stations: Angrignon, Lionel-Groulx, McGill, Berri, Honoré-Beaugrand, Côte-Vertu, Snowdon, Bonaventure, Mont-Royal, Jean-Talon, Montmorency and Longueuil. Please note, that during this period, TRAM 3 reimbursements will only be available at the the Montmorency station, as well as at AMT points of sale.

However, holders of weekly CAM hebdo passes for the week during which the strike occurred, cannot be reimbursed. The reason is that the Syndicat du transport de Montréal (CSN) had made its intention to launch a legal strike clear as of May 22 – prior to the mass sales period for that week's CAM hebdo.

The STM sells an average of 195,000 regular CAM passes and 140,000 reduced-fare passes for this period. The regular CAM currently sells for $65, and the reduced-fare pass for $35.

* The compensation formula for the regular CAM is as follows: $65/31 days x 4 strike days x 40% of service not delivered = $3.38, rounded up to $3.50. For the reduced-fare CAM, the formula is as follows: $35/31 days x 4 strike days x 40% of service not delivered = $1.82, rounded up to $2.00.

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