Jan 21, 2009

Operation Lift strike over

A strike that began on September 29, 2008 has come to an end. The 20 employees involved voted 64% in favour of accepting the offer. The new contract that expires in August 2012 and will also increase wages by 11.65%.

The message on the Operation Lift web page states:

As of 1 p.m. on January 20, 2009 agreement has been reached between the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 685 and Operation Lift.

Dispatchers will be available to take your trip bookings beginning Thursday, January 22nd.  Limited service will be made available for Sunday, January  25th with full service beginning Monday, January 26th.

That leaves one transit strike unsettled. It appears the Ottawa transit strike will continue for some time. It has been made clear that MPs are reluctant to force an end to the strike. The Canada Labour Act states that people's lives must be in danger before the government force workers back.

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