Get the buses back on Ottawa streets!

    OTTAWA, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Informal discussions between the
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 (ATU) and the City of Ottawa, with the
assistance federal mediators, came to an end this afternoon without resolve to
the ongoing labour dispute.
    Local President, Andre Cornellier said, "It is unfortunate that talks
broke down but the Union continues to recommend that the City accept an
important opportunity to get transit back on the road and life for Ottawa bus
riders back to normal."
    Cornellier continued, "Once again, we have given the City the same
proposal we presented last Friday - no new proposals."
    The Union emphasizes that once the City agrees to its proposal, it will
be recommended to Union Members.

    The Proposal:

    All outstanding issues will be forwarded to Binding Interest-Based
Arbitration with the exception of scheduling which would be brought forward to
an independent fact finder.
    This proposed solution could have the buses on the road within days.
    "Let us be clear. No new proposals were tabled by the Union today,"
Cornellier emphasized.

For further information:

For further information: Communications, Amalgamated Transit Union Local
279, (202) 309-4122,

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