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.