Media Advisory - City Stalls Transit Progress with Unchanged Offer

    Union urges City to get buses rolling, send outstanding issues to

    OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Mediated talks between OC Transpo workers
and the City of Ottawa have stalled because the City failed to significantly
alter its positions, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) said today.
    "The City failed to change its key offers," said Andre Cornellier,
president of ATU Local 279. "There is no evidence that the City's bargaining
committee really has a 'new' mandate. The City must stop stalling, get serious
and get rolling."
    Cornellier said that OC Transpo buses and trains could have been back on
the streets by now if the City had agreed to its proposal two weeks ago. The
ATU proposed to get the transit system moving again while putting most of the
outstanding issues to binding arbitration. Scheduling would go a fact-finder,
and if not resolved there, the issue could be brought back to the bargaining
table at the next round of contract talks (which begin 18 months from now).
    The union remains committed to make these proposals work and urged the
City to reconsider.
    "We have the proposals that would get the buses and trains up and running
within a week," said Cornellier. "We need the City to stop stalling and show
it has the will to reach a deal."

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For further information: ATU Communications, (202) 309-4122,

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