Monday, January 5, 2009

The Vote: Time and place

Information about the second vote on the City's offer to ATU 279, straight from the union's strike website:
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Civic Centre
Salon E (Lansdowne Park)
1015 Bank St.


Ben said...

Can I protest/picket/hand out pamphlets on their way in?

david said...

Good luck to the drivers. It sounds like a tough choice, between giving into O'Brien's bullying and endorsing Cornellier's erratic leadership.

Anonymous said...

How many of those bus drivers will be car pooling?

Anonymous said...

Is the city legally able to start privatizing the bus services? We have managed to survive for almost a month with out buses running and it's not the end of the world. Time to permanently solve this problem if they vote agaist, I personaly don't care if the solution takes a little longer. We the taxpayers don't want to pay those unreasonable rate any longer.

david said...

Anonymous: Privatization is an interesting idea. I think London, England has all-private bus service now: we could look into that and see how it's worked out for them.

From what I understand, though, our transit is expensive not because it's unionized, but because Queen's Park won't subsidize it much when it doesn't cross municipal boundaries. Besides, there's no guarantee that private bus companies won't unionize.

Anonymous said...

"Queen's Park won't subsidize it much when it doesn't cross municipal boundaries."

I would believe you if you tell me Queen's Park won't subsidize it much because OC buses cross provincial boundaries.

Privatization and competition will solve the problem. The services is essential, ATU members are not.