Arbitration rules in favour of city in transit strike
Published Saturday, October 10, 2009 3:28PM EDT
Federal arbitration surrounding wages and other issues that brought about a transit strike in Ottawa this winter ruled in favour of the city Friday.
But Rick O'Connor, city solicitor, says there was little celebration at city hall.
"At the end of the day, (the arbitrator) looked at all the submissions, dealt with what he believed was the ability of Ottawa citizens to pay and also the economic climate," he says.
"So at the end of the day, I think it was a fair decision."
OC Transpo will have control over scheduling, the issue that brought both sides to loggerheads in December.
Wage increases will be 3.25 per cent, 2.5 per cent and 2.5 per cent for the three years of the contract with no signing bonus.
There will also be no new entitlements for sick leave, special leave and contracting out.
The next collective agreement will expire in March 2011.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Norman Fetterley