Dec 6, 2008

Ottawa transit strike?

Last Wednesday, Ottawa transit workers voted 98% in favour of strike action if no contract agreement has been reach by December 10. The majority of OC Transpo workers belong to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279. The Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 5500, representing supervisors and security workers, have approved a strike and could take place on December 23, 2008. Talks will resume Sunday with both sides having a common consent to continue Monday and Tuesday if necessary.

If a withdraw of service occurs, the city is considering taking action with some roads being turned into one way. This is in anticipation of a 20 per cent jump in car traffic as more residents use their cars to get around.

For more info: OC Transpo

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