NS: Transit talks resume today

Jennifer Taplin
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Metro Halifax

Two sides still far apart on shift scheduling

Striking Metro Transit workers walk the picket line at the Portland Hills Terminal in this photo from last month.

[HALIFAX, NS] – Both sides in the transit strike are meeting this morning.

After some back and forth on the union's request to have the city's latest offer emailed before making a decision on returning to the table, Metro Transit agreed to return to talks at 9:30 a.m. today.

Union local president Ken Wilson could not be reached for comment on Thursday evening and a union member at their Dartmouth headquarters said they're not commenting on the return to negotiations.

But earlier in the day Wilson said he would go back to the table only if he received a copy of the offer by email first.

"Assuming it's a new offer and not back at square one," he said.

Shaune MacKinlay, HRM spokeswoman, says staff spoke to the conciliator several times on Wednesday but didn't send the document via email.

"Because our objective is to take the latest package and present it at the table where it becomes a starting point to discussion," she says. "We have had this volleying back and forth of offers and that hasn't resulted in a deal yet, so we think it would be most constructive to be at the table and present it there."

Geographic location: Dartmouth

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