Ottawa Transit Strike Reaches Second Week
For over two weeks now the Ottawa transit strike has continued, and today marked the 13th day that residents were left stranded. The intense cold, hitting almost -15 C and icy wind made for a rough weekend for commuters.
The city has pretty much shut down, with people left to try and carpool, walk or take a cab. The strike of over 2,300 transit works, including drivers and dispatchers, hinges on longer work days without pay.
Picket lines were still up and transit buses parked Monday, the 13th day of Ottawa's transit strike, as talks continued between union and city officials.
Talks resumed Saturday for the first time since before the start of the strike on Dec. 10. The City of Ottawa and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279, which represents about 2,300 transit drivers, dispatchers and maintenance staff, negotiated through the weekend with the assistance of a federal mediator, and more talks were scheduled for Monday, but no information was released about their progress, which is covered by a media blackout.