City, transit union reach tentative labour agreement

The city of Ottawa and the union representing transit workers have tentatively agreed to terms for the renewal of their collective agreement, which will now be sent for ratification by both council and union members.

“I am writing to advise that, early this morning, the bargaining teams for the City of Ottawa and the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 279 (ATU 279), reached terms for the renewal of their collective agreement that they have agreed to recommend for ratification. The collective agreement was otherwise set to expire on March 31st, 2016,” Deputy City Solicitor David White wrote in a memo to council.

“That the parties have once again reached a tentative agreement prior to the expiry of the collective agreement reflects the positive labour relations that exist between the parties. If ratified by the ATU 279 membership and City Council, this agreement will ensure labour stability as the City begins its historic operation of the Confederation Line light rail service in 2018.”

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