Thursday, December 18, 2008

Negotiations may resume Saturday: CTV

According to the Ottawa Sun, CTV News has reported that the ATU is prepared to go back to the negotiating table with the City in an effort to solve the ongoing contract dispute as early as Saturday. No one from the city was able to confirm the report, but we will offer updates as further news comes out.

UPDATE (3:52): The story has been posted on the Ottawa Citizen website now (thanks Carl):
"For the first time since Ottawa's transit strike began, the city and the union representing its 2,300 transit workers are talking, and the union says formal negotiations will restart on Saturday.

"Mayor Larry O’Brien met with the Amalgamated Transit Union national representative Randy Graham on Thursday, and they agreed to seek approval from their respective sides to restart negotiations — with no preconditions from either side."

So, if we're lucky, this could be the beginning of the end. Here's to hoping.