Jun 20, 2009

Ottawa arbitration update

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.

No More Ottawa Transit Strikes

Both sides in future contract negotiations would not resort to a strike or lockout and unresolved labour negotiations would be settled by through arbitration. This agreement had to be voted on by the union membership.

The vote was scheduled to take place this week, but ran into a road block as a number of members requested the vote be delayed to give them more time to review the impacts of such deals. Union members  say they want to delay the vote, until an arbitrator reports back on last winter's 53-day strike. The report is expected this summer.

The city has no-strike-no-lockout agreement its largest union, CUPE Local 503.

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