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Transit Strike Over – Nagging Questions Remain

(l. to r.) ATU local 170 president André Cornellier, international ATU vice president Randy Graham, Ottawa mayor Larry OBrien

(l. to r.) Amalgamated Transit Union local 170 president André Cornellier, international ATU vice president Randy Graham, Ottawa mayor Larry O'Brien

Fifty-one days after it began, a public transit strike in Ottawa has ended.  Or at least will end in all likelihood after City Council and union membership endorse an agreement worked out by management and labour yesterday after five hours of talks.  The agreement sends all outstanding issues to binding arbitration with both sides’ having dropped their pre-conditions for such a course of action.  This is exactly what federal mediators had proposed to both sides on the very first day of the strike some seven weeks ago.  The agreement was only reached after the federal Minister of Labour had prepared emergency back-to-work legislation that she was to introduce in Parliament last evening. Continue reading

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Attendance of Mediation by Union Representatives

In this post, I try to respond to the questions put to me as a transformative mediator by David Bleiman, a Scottish union official, in his comment on my post, “Stages in the Mediation Process”.

David has asked how a transformative practitioner would handle these two situations:

  1. a union representative accompanying an employee to a mediation, and
  2. an employee who wishes her union official to speak on her behalf in mediation.

Neither of these is particularly problematic for the transformative mediator. Continue reading