The CBC.ca story said that the union would go back to work if the City agreed to that arrangement, even without a settled contract.
CTV reported that if this offer were accepted, the strike could be over "within a week". The story added this note of caution:
Arbitration, however, can be very complicated and the city has historically come up short when using an arbitrator to settle labour disputes.The Sun reports that council is expected to convene an emergency meeting tonight to discuss the union's proposal (UPDATE: The Citizen reports that the meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.). It quoted a memo circulated by Mayor Larry O'Brien:
"Although I believe this is a positive development and a direct result of our unified stand yesterday, it would be wrong to speculate in any fashion in the media until after we (have been) briefed on the facts by staff," O'Brien writes.