Jun 4, 2009

No More Ottawa Transit Strikes

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 and Ottawa city council have  agreed that there will be no more transit strikes or lockouts in the city of Ottawa.This new agreement will continue to allow for collective bargaining. If that fails, both sides will go to binding arbitration. The city is  still recovering from a recent 53 day strike, which took place at the height of winter.

This is a good deal for the city, union members and transit users. It’s not something that is agreed to easily. Usually in a labour dispute, only one side will want to proceed to arbitration. Getting them both to agree without government intervention is an important and outstanding significant achievement. 

The closest that DRT and the CAW come to an agreement like this is a clause in the collected agreement which provides for Specialized Services no interruption to service during a strike or lockout. Of course this agreement is not worth the paper it is printed on. It would have to rely on goodwill from Durham Region and the union.

4 comments:

Mark said...

this a a very progressive step for the city and union...it would be nice if DRT and the TTC could do the same...I doubt it though..the Amalgamated Transit Union local in Toronto seems to always be caught up in internal politics...and one side can always use a strike...and insiders (on the management side) have told me Durham politicos seems to have an axe to grind with the union...

Andy said...

The Ontario government could take the step of legislating striking transit workers back on the job. This would give transit passengers the same privileges that residents of Toronto have.

As for Durham politicians having an axe to grid with CAW I think you are right. In fact a number of DRT CAW members also have no use for them. I have been a member of three unions over my career and CAW is the least that resembles a labour union.

nixtuff said...

If I was Emperor of the Universe I'd ban strikes by anyone "paid directly by the taxpayer dollar" That'd include things like public transit, doctors, policemen, bureaucrats, but not include things like the company that the government hired to build building A or road B.

Andy said...

nixtuff (Emperor of the Universe)... Slavery has been banned for few centuries. I think you forgot lockouts? Are they okay?

It would be nice if the government treated white and blue collar workers the same as Sarah Kramer. She's the former head of EHealth and will receive nearly $317,000 in compensation after being removed (fired) from her position.