MONCTON, N.B. – The Amalgamated Transit Union introduced labour leaders from across the country today to bring about greater awareness of the Codiac Transpo lockout.

Bob Kinnear, an ATU president in Toronto, says there’s no reason why the lockout can’t end today.

“If the councillors live up to the responsibility and the oath that they’ve taken to the constituents of Moncton.  They have a responsibility to represent the people.”

Many Codiac Transpo bus drivers and even some riders turned out for the news conference today.

The lockout began almost eight weeks ago in a dispute over wages and contract language.

One city councillor attended the conference today, but refused to comment afterward.

Meantime, an online petition to end the lockout has collected almost 500 signatures.