TTC Strike - Special Weekend Fifth Column

So what is going on here.

The first factor to consider is why did the membership reject the tentative agreement, proving yet again, that despite what the right wing says about radical union leaders, it is often the rank and file that is more radical than the leadership. When the leadership negotiates what it believes is the best agreement it can get and it is rejected, it is usually a sign that there is a bigger problem than the contract provisions. Usually it means there is a bigger labour-management issue than wages and benefits and that the workers feel ill treated or not respected by the employer. Or, as some have suggested in this case, it can mean that the members do not feel well represented by their leadership.

What of the union response. The official response is a legitimate one. If the union had announced a strike would begin at the beginning of the work week on Monday there would have been considerable public outrage over the weekend and grounds for concern for the safety of the workers.

What if the union had responded otherwise. The union is in a legal strike position and the membership had democratically rejected the tentative agreement by a significant margin. If the union had not announced an almost immediate strike allowing the system to be shut down in an orderly manner, there would have undoubtedly been wildcat walkouts leading to a disorderly shutdown of the system and greater public outrage.

As it is, the union leadership’s response sets the stage for transit service to resume on Monday morning.

1 comment:

Lord Kitchener's Own said...

Still, could the union not have waited TWO HOURS for the end of the regular service schedule so as to avoid stranding tens of thousands of people in the middle of the night?

They thought the were going to get threats and abuse over the weekend for ANNOUNCING a strike? Imagine the abuse they're in for Monday morning after holding a strike with no warning and stranding people all over the city at midnight.

I plan to be extra nice to my bus driver on Monday morning, as I imagine he or she will need it, but I'm in a TINY minority.

At this point, I'd guess the majority of Torontonians want to see the union broken up, and a NEW (and less generous) contract imposed. Plenty of people I know were already livid with the contract that was offered. Hearing that it was rejected will send them right over the edge.