The transit strike may end – IF the City agrees

The Citizen is reporting that the end of the strike may be near if a proposal put forth by the ATU is accepted.

Under the proposal, the issue of work scheduling that led to the strike would be put into a separate mediation-like process where both sides would state their goals and try to come up with an agreed-upon solution over a period of time.

The rest of the outstanding issues — wages, accounting for sick days and contracting-out language — would go to binding arbitration, Mr. Graham said. He added that if the city agrees, the union’s leaders will consult their members to get approval to proceed and the strike could be over almost immediately.

“We could have the vote in hours,” he said.

City officials are getting together a respons to the union’s proposal. Agreeing would require the municipality to back down on principles it has maintained since the outset of the strike and that city council reaffirmed unanimously at a council meeting Thursday.

The city maintains that the scheduling issue, because it has financial implications, must be part of an overall agreement, and that all aspects of any agreement must fit within the total financial envelope represented in its last offer, which was rejected by the union.

For the city to agree to the union’s proposal to end the strike, the city would have to abandon these two principles and take its chances in arbitration and in the mediation-like process to deal with scheduling.

It would likely require a city council meeting to approve agreeing to the union’s offer to end the strike.

Put an end to this nonsense. Call your Councillor and tell them that!

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