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(Posted 10:30 p.m., Marc 31)
City reaches tentative deal with OC Transpo union

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

For 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..

The 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.

The 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.

Mercier 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.

The 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.

Ottawa 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.

"This is excellent news for OC Transpo’s 200,000 daily customers and for the hard-working employees who move people about in our city every day," Mayor Watson said.

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