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December 14th, 2010:

Here we go again…

So, how are you today, Trashy?

I am well, thank-you very much. Had a bit of a, um, stroke this morning when I ran across this short little missive about our famous transit union.

Seems as though the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 is still miffed at the shift scheduling arrangements and has poured cold water on the idea that negotiations on a new contract will begin any time soon. The contract is up in a little more than 3 months and the Union says that the last thing they want is a strike.

Sure. I seem to recall this same line of discussion from a couple years back.

And didn’t the union agree to arbitration? We all felt safe and sound. The 95’s and 86’s and 98’s felt just pretty damn cozy and hospitable and all?

Didn’t we?

Mike Aldrich, the acting president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 279, told CBC News on Monday that unless the employer changes its bargaining team there won’t be any progress on a new contract.

“We have the same players negotiating the same proposals,” said Aldrich, referring to the 51-day strike in 2008-09 that shut down buses in the city.

“We know what happened last time. I’m not interested in going down that road.”

Hopefully this is just pre-negotiation posturing… but… it’s déjà vu all over again… I wonder how the new Mayor is going to handle this?

If there were another strike in this City, I wouldn’t want to be in his – or any of the Councillors’ – shoes. There will be some seriously pissed off folks in ol’ Bytown! As one of the commenters on the MotherCorp site put it:

City should lock them out in April after their contract is expired and we have nice weather.
Yup. Sounds good.

Oh, and on a brighter note… I HAD to post this link here… seems as though taxpayers in the Ottawa neighbourhood of Westboro will be paying higher taxes soon!

Westboro's new road salt supplier