10:30 p.m., Marc 31)
reaches tentative deal with OC Transpo union
By Fred Sherwin
the first time in more than 20 years, the City of Ottawa
and the union representing drivers and maintenance workers
at OC Transpo have agreed on a new contract before the
existing collective agreement has expired..
two sides reached a tentative deal late Friday night less
than 24 hours before the existing CBA was to expire on
Saturday. Although details of the agreement won't be disclosed
to the public until after the deal is ratified, both sides
are indicating they are happy with how the negotiations
went including the final outcome.
City of Ottawa's negotiating team was lead by John Manconi
who took over as OC Transpo's general manager last month
after former GM Alain Mercier was shown the door.
was a holdover from the OC Transpo lockout in 2009 and
a subject of acrimonious discontent on the part of the
union. Few people were optimisitc the two sides would
be able to work out a deal as long as Mercier was at the
table. His departure was immediately hailed by the union
as was Manconi's appointment.
city and the union had agreed to a one-year renewal of
the collective agreement in September, and had been in
negotiations for a longer-term agreement since January.
Mayor Jim Watson released a statement on Saturday congratulating
the two sides for setting their differences aside and
working in the best interests of their members and the
residents of Ottawa.
is excellent news for OC Transpos 200,000 daily
customers and for the hard-working employees who move
people about in our city every day," Mayor Watson
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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