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HRM wants transit union back to bargaining table

The city is calling on a conciliator again to bring both sides of the Metro Transit strike back to the bargaining table.

Metro Transit strike in its 5th week

Mayor Peter Kelly talks transit


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With the transit strike into its fifth week, Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly said the city wants to head back to the bargaining table. 3:34

Halifax Regional Municipality is calling on a conciliator again to bring both sides of the Metro Transit strike back to the bargaining table.

After an in-camera council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Peter Kelly told reporters the city is not willing to budge when it comes to rostering and binding arbitration.

"We're hopeful that the union is aware that we need to re-capture management control of scheduling and that we need to capture the step increases as well and we need to move forward," Kelly said.

The last offer from the city included its rostering provisions in a five-year collective agreement, which includes a $1,500 signing bonus in the first year and a 2.25 per cent increase in each subsequent year.

That offer was rejected by the union.

"We're also open to suggestions of how they would want to help make, maybe make that work, but the fact is, there [are] elements that we have to have there and these are those elements," said Kelly.

Ken Wilson, president of Local 508 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, wouldn't return calls to CBC News on Tuesday night but he has maintained the union wants the strike settled through binding arbitration.

More than 700 Metro Transit employees walked off the job Feb. 2, leaving tens of thousands of people without bus or ferry service.