Manconi Love-in Continues

- April 2nd, 2012

The John Manconi love-in continues this morning, with this notice to members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279 from executive member Yogi Sharma.

Both the union and Mayor Jim Watson on the weekend noted Manconi — the new OC Transpo boss — as being a major factor in the two sides arriving at a tentative collective agreement.

It was hard to judge how much of a personal touch Manconi had in these discussions without really being there. Negotiations like these are often quarterbacked by the experts.

But, there is Sharma telling his members Manconi “was personally involved with the face-to-face negotiating.”

And here is a word the union has rarely used when talking about management: Trust.

Quite a honeymoon for Super Man-Coni.

Of course, it’s not a done deal yet. Taxpayers and union members haven’t seen the details of the draft contract. Council will be eager to strike labour peace with the bus union, but we wait to see if employees have the same warm and fuzzy feeling.

Right: ATU Local 279 president Garry Queale answers a question as Mayor Jim Watson listens during a press conference at City Hall Saturday.

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2 comments

  1. anonymous987654321 says:

    City Council should do the right thing by rejecting the deal. When I see the comment that the union trusts management, that cannot be a good for taxpayers – regular citizens cannot afford anymore tax increase.

    The City should immediately:
    - Cut wages/salaries
    - Cut benefits and pension
    - Stop collecting union dues

  2. anoynymous says:

    Not all that bright are you?

    Trust is too strong a word, poor verbiage is quite common for the sun, as well as fear mongering, and false information for that matter.

    Anyway, taxes will always be present and never ending, yes in tough economic times things get tough and hard decisions must be made, sad but it must be done. I’m all for cutting out unneeded management OC has a ridiculous amount of managers that sit around and do jack all all day and get paid much much more than the drivers get, so by all means cut em loose and save some money.

    IF they do as you say and try to cut wages/salaries they open themselves to breach of contract laws and a very large class action lawsuit where all of our tax dollars will go, and guess what, the money they don’t have to pay out, they will tax to get and we get screwed anyway. same applies to benefits.

    To get around the lawsuits there is the collective bargaining process for the unions and management negotiate, hopefully in good faith to prevent job actions that are detrimental to all.

    Oh before I finish let me enlighten you on something that made me type this in the first place as your last line tells me you are aren’t intelligent enough to even try posting on the internet and I quote “- Stop collecting union dues” the UNIONS get paid union dues from their memberships paychecks. The city does not COLLECT union dues as the city of Ottawa isn’t a union.

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