Many people are questioning why a fiscally prudent Rob Ford would even consider making the TTC an Essential Service, when all that means is that an Arbitrator will get to make the decision on any conflicting issues, and Arbitrators always lean towards the favour of the workers and not the employers.
Well, the answer is simple.
When the TTC Union goes on strike, it costs Toronto $50 Million a day. And based on a study performed by the City of Toronto in 2005 after the last wildcat strike by the TTC Union, had the TTC been an Essential Service and went to Arbitration, it would have costed Toronto $11.6 Million total (SOURCE: TTC essential to Toronto: Editorial)
Ok, let me repeat that for you:
$50 Million A DAY for a TTC Stike, versus $11.6 Million TOTAL!
Plus, those scumbag TTC workers won't get to hold the City of Toronto hostage anymore!
Sounds like a win-win to me.
Mayor Rob Ford, wow, finally a Toronto Mayor that makes sense.
SOURCE: TTC essential to Toronto: Editorial
Without the TTC, Toronto is sunk.
Our downtown can’t function, our disastrous traffic situation goes off the rails, people in the city can’t get to work, to medical appointments, and businesses seize up. For many, the Better Way is the only way.
In 2005, an illegal 12-hour wildcat strike by a small group of transit workers killed all service in the city.
Strikes cost the city about $50 million a day.
So, if the TTC is such an essential service, why hasn’t it officially been declared as such?
New Toronto Mayor Rob Ford campaigned on making the TTC essential. The issue is on the agenda for the first executive meeting this week at City Hall.
The argument against essential service has often revolved around the designation not stopping illegal strikes, and around cost.
Historically, you pay a price to take away a union’s right to strike. A city report said the 2005 TTC contract would have cost taxpayers an extra $11.2 million if it went straight to arbitration.
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