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.