After voting for 14 hours yesterday at the Civic Centre, ATU 279 voted down the City's proposed offer in quite staggering proportions:
There is no end in sight for the longest transit strike in the city’s history after the no vote garnered 75% support. However, 320 workers didn’t cast a ballot
Of 2,353 eligible voters, 1,516 — or 64.4% — voted no.
So after the final tally, 86 per cent of the union voted and three-quarters of those members voted 'no'.
The Ottawa Sun story continues:
The vote strengthens the union’s hand and means city officials might have to rethink their negotiating tactics to get buses back on the road.
It's not clear how likely it is that the City will "rethink" their strategy, because council was completely united before the vote and have never indicated that they will go any further with concessions.
The Ottawa Citizen led today's edition with its coverage of the vote.