Feds force vote in crippling Ottawa bus strike
As city revellers searched for a ride Wednesday to New Year’s Eve parties, Labour Minister Rona Ambrose ordered the Canada Industrial Relations Board to hold a supervised vote on the City of Ottawa’s latest contract proposal.
Ambrose is concerned for people with no other way to travel, “particularly the elderly,” she said in a statement.
The minister asked the industrial relations board to conduct the vote as soon as possible. A city spokesman said he expected it to be held on or before Jan. 9.
Ambrose also asked the board to determine whether some or all of the city’s transit system could be designated an essential service, citing safety issues.
January 9 isn’t by any means a speedy possible resolution, but I suppose it takes time to get the notice out about the vote. (Do unions ever lie about the vote results? What impartial third party checks the votes results to ensure that there has been no fudging?)
<technical writing pet peeve> As an aside, if you’re going to write captions under photos, shouldn’t you attempt to make them absolutely clear? The photo of Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien in the Citizen today includes a caption that is a summary of the bus strike article — if you didn’t know that Rona Ambrose is female, you wouldn’t know who the gentleman in the picture was; the picture of Rona herself is very clear and just gives her name and nothing else — did Larry’s need the blurb rather than just an explanation of who he was?