Ottawa, Transit Reach Agreement Ahead Of Expiry

(OTTAWA, ON) – Ottawa mayor Jim Watson has announced that the bargaining teams for the City of Ottawa and the Amalgamated Transit Union local 279, reached a tentative agreement for the early extension of their collective agreement, which would otherwise expire on March 31, 2016.

This achievement reflects the positive labour relations that exist between the parties and, if ratified by the ATU 279 membership and Ottawa City Council, will ensure stability during one of the most transformative periods for public transit in the City of Ottawa.

The City and ATU 279 had previously agreed to a four-year renewal of the collective agreement in March 2012, which was the first time in more than 20 years that the City and ATU 279 had concluded a tentative agreement prior to the expiry of their contract.

The details of the tentative agreement are confidential until it is submitted for ratification by both the ATU 279 membership and City Council in the coming weeks.

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