Ottawa won’t boost bus service for looming Gatineau strike
Metro Ottawa

By Dylan C. Robertson, Ottawa Metro News, January 17, 2017

Ottawa commuters could face packed buses on OC Transpo routes that cross into Gatineau, where the local bus drivers’ union has served a strike notice.OC Transpo says it won’t boost its bus service if a labour disruption occurs.Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) drivers could strike as early as 4 a.m. Friday, after the union’s strike notice kicked off a 72-hour countdown

The union meets Wednesday to decide how to proceed. A strike could mean a total walk-off, or interim measures like refusing to work overtime, or a gradual escalation between both.Unlike most transit agencies, OC Transpo and STO are partially federally regulated, because they serve interprovincial routes. The federal Labour Code prohibits any work stoppage until both sides meet with mediators Thursday.

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