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TTC Not Essential, Plastics Recycling Somewhat Essential, Chinese Athletes Essentially Cheating

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The TTC management and its workers’ union have agreed that the TTC is not an essential service. However, they are saying this not because they are saying, “Yes, we are useless,” but because they both want to avoid contract arbitration. However, since management wants to pay workers less than they would receive through contract arbitration, and the union wants workers to get more than they would receive through contract arbitration, one side or the other has really, really not thought this whole thing through.
Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner wants high school and university students to understand how dangerous revealing information about themselves online on Facebook can be. Torontoist understands this fact extremely well, and that is why we never discuss our monthly goat mutilation orgies in public.
The plastics industry says Toronto isn’t recycling enough plastic. The plastics industry went on to say that Toronto’s plan to cut plastic use in the city is troubling and worrisome. “Doesn’t everybody like plastic?” said a spokesperson. “After all, without plastic, there would be no Plastic Man. You like Plastic Man, right?”
Finally, the International Olympics Committee says it’s investigating claims of underage Chinese gymnasts. Now, obviously, Chinese gymnasts are all, like, twelve. But, since this is the IOC we’re talking about, we’ll give you a sneak preview of next week’s news: “IOC Says ‘China’s Not Cheating’ While Walking Away With Large, Overstuffed Bags Filled With Money.”
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  • triplexpac

    So the first thing the TTC & the union can agree on in what seems like forever is the right to leave us all stranded whenever they don’t get what they want. Fantastic.

  • jamesbow

    “However, since management wants to pay workers less than they would receive through contract arbitration, and the union wants workers to get more than they would receive through contract arbitration”
    Not quite.
    Historically, contract arbitration favours the unions, which explains why neither management wants it, nor Toronto politicians who think this idea through. But binding arbitration isn’t too popular with the unions, either, because the terms of their work aren’t negotiated. There isn’t the give and take between the two sides that can produce an innovative mutually acceptable agreement that mere arbitration might not produce. Both sides just lay down their starting positions, take it or leave it. There is no incentive to be creative or conciliatory in making your initial offer.
    However, given how crazily ATU Local 113 has handled its side of negotiations in the past, I suspect that philosophy may be wishful thinking on the part of the workers.

  • Toby von Meistersinger

    Perhaps something like New York’s Taylor Law is needed. It prohibits strikes by public employees, and established guidelines for contract negotiations with unions. Although, it didn’t stop the NYC Transit strike in 2005. Ironically the law was created after the 1966 NYC Transit strike which crippled the city.