Transit workers welcome hockey fans with leaflets
Published Friday, December 26, 2008 5:36PM EST
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 9:49PM EDT
Information pickets were set up by striking OC Transpo workers clad in safety vests and sandwich boards at Lansdowne Park on Friday - day 17 of the transit strike.
The reception was mixed from fans heading to the Latvia-Russia game at the world junior championship as union members gave out leaflets.
"I think we have to be reminded of the fact that there's a serious strike going on, and we need to encourage the city and the union to settle the strike in some way," said one man.
"They've got a point to make and this is one way of doing it," said another fan.
The information pickets were a court-ordered compromise between the city and the union, who wanted to disrupt vehicle access to Lansdowne Park.
Negotiations collapsed on Tuesday night between the City of Ottawa and the Amalgamated Transit Union. No further talks are planned.
Mayor Larry O'Brien has sent a letter to Labour Minister Rona Ambrose asking for a supervised vote of OC Transpo drivers, mechanics, and dispatchers, saying a disconnect has grown between ATU leadership and the rank-and-file.