Labour Council obtains copy of councillor’s email questioning OC Transpo

Release Date: 
January 5, 2009

OTTAWA – The Ottawa and District Labour Council has obtained a copy of an email sent by Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson dated January 3, 2009 to OC Transpo General Manager Alain Mercier that reads in part, “I’ve seen in the paper and in emails that the union took a 2% pay cut in 1999 because of the scheduling system they received. Is this true?” The councillor’s email goes on to ask the general manager about what salary increases were made at that time.

“This email was sent by the Councillor on Saturday the 3rd at about 1:30 in the afternoon. It’s absolutely mind boggling that on the twenty fifth day of the strike you have some on Council as employer who still don’t have an understanding of the key issues, haven’t a clue,” said Sean McKenny, president of the Labour Council. “All of the councillors are clearly not being informed by either the general manager or the mayor of the issues and instead they’re left to get their information from the press,” he added.

The Labour Council is encouraging the city to get back to the table and negotiate in good faith with the union.

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