Digging in for the long haul

Day 37 of the Ottawa bus strike draws to a close.

Nice to see some local politicians siding with the union over the city’s handling of the bus strike. Not. We’re being held hostage — we need the city council to stand firm, rather than rolling over and baring their soft bellies.

Don’t know how yesterday’s continuation of the council meeting went. There hasn’t really been any mention in the news about it so far today.

Thursday, January 15 articles:

Orleans Star: Union only hurting itself

Talk on the street swings from one extreme to the other. Few can understand how, in this tough economic climate when thousands are losing their jobs, a union can be so stubborn in its demands. Some call for privatization of OC Transpo, others call for the city to fire all the striking members, while some have just given up and swear they’ll never ride a bus again.

It’s not looking good for the future of public transportation in this city. There’s really no question whether ridership will drop when workers get back on the job. It will.

Renfrew Mercury: Council resumes closed-door session on transit strike

Not only would the city not be able to find 2,300 qualified drivers, Cullen said the replacement drivers could be at risk of violence from the striking workers and other unions in the city.

Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder said hiring replacement drivers is not as easy as it sounds.

“It sounds good on paper. It sounds tough,” Harder said, but added the licensing laws make it difficult to hire replacement workers.

Ottawa Citizen: City prepared to hire ‘fact-finder’ in transit dispute

The city, as long as the union agrees, will hire an independent, third-party “fact finder” to report to both sides on the city’s new scheduling proposals that have led to the now 37-day-old transit strike, city manager Kent Kirkpatrick said Thursday.

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3 thoughts on “Digging in for the long haul

  1. The disorganization, stupidity, lack of respect for citizens and sheer insanity of this whole situation is beyond me. I only moved to Ottawa less than 2 years ago. For most of my life I’ve lived in larger cities with transit systems and this is the first time I’ve ever lived through a transit strike. This transit strike is the last straw in a series of totally retarded things this city does. I can’t wait to leave.

  2. Well, I like to move around anyway and so far there hasn’t been anything too appealing about Ottawa. I can’t stand how spread out it is and how it takes forever to get anywhere and how the transit system – even when it’s running is cumbersome. The city council is mind-boggling. They can’t commit to a composting program??? They can’t commit to improving the transit system. The mayor is up on criminal charges and is still in office? I don’t know. I’ll be sticking around for a while yet, but I can’t see Ottawa as home in the long-term

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