Labour Council accuses City of being more interested in opinion polls than with the issues or a resolve

Release Date: 
January 6, 2009

OTTAWA – The Ottawa and District Labour Council is once again expressing disappointment with city council in respect to the current strike by bus drivers and mechanics, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 279.

“Just this week we heard first hand that at least one city councillor has very little knowledge on the most contentious of issues of the current dispute and that’s around the issue of scheduling,” said Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council. “Now we’re hearing that our city council has recently hired a polling firm to gauge public reaction and are basing their next steps on opinion polls. Not the issues but rather opinion polls. It’s absolutely appalling,” he added.

The strike now in its 28th day is awaiting a “forced vote” on the city’s most recent contract offer as ordered by the federal labour minister which is set to take place this Thursday.

“We’re also hearing that city officials are taking petitions to various workplaces across the city in an attempt to have OC Transpo declared an essential service. We’re checking our sources. It’s utterly mind-boggling,” said McKenny.

The Labour Council is encouraging city council as employer to get back to the table and our buses back on the roads.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC) has been the voice of working people in the Ottawa area since 1872. The ODLC currently represents 90 local unions with a combined membership of close to 45,000 working men and women and is the largest democratic and popular organization in the Ottawa area.

Contacts:
Sean McKenny 613-862-5150
Ottawa & District Labour Council 613-233-7820