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OC Transpo takes back some layoff notices

ATU Local 279 has been working with OC Transpo to try and reduce the number of layoffs.
2019-03-05 OC Transpo double decker bus
OC Transpo double decker bus. Jenn Pritchard/ OttawaMatters

As light rail hit another delay, some OC Transpo jobs have been saved. 

ATU Local 279 announced on Friday that 77 layoffs will be rescinded. 

Union President Clint Crabtree explained to 1310 NEWS that he's not surprised by the news. 

"We have been working well with the employer on mitigation strategies and on how to keep members employed." 

Crabtree explained that there are also 35 vacancies in the ParaTranspo and maintenance divisions that will be filled by operators who would have been given layoff notice. 

He said there are still 300 operators who are facing layoffs once the LRT launches.

"We're still working on getting those numbers down and we're actively negotiating with the employer to get those numbers down." 

Crabtree noted that with the LRT delays, it's given the union more time to save more jobs. 


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