Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, you know that Local 279 of the Amalgamated Transit Union is on strike. Today, they union is being forced to take the last offer from the City to the members for a vote. The union executive is strongly encouraging its members to vote “no”, meaning the strike will continue, even though the majority of citizens in Ottawa are prepared to freeze them out.
Most of the bloggers I know are encouraging the union members to vote “yes” for what is generally felt by everyone except the union executive to be a fair offer. Here’s a quick round up of what they’re writing:
- Darin points out to the members that this is their chance to redeem themselves for the behaviour of their union boss by voting to accept the offer
- Ken suspects they will vote “no” and muses about the fact that it appears Cornellier was set on striking from day 1 of the negotiations
- Trashy hopes the members ignore the union rhetoric and vote to accept and reminds us that the Canadian Industrial Relations Board is accepting submissions from members of the public on how they’re being impacted by the strike
And, of course I’ve written an entry encouraging people to not demonstrate outside where the union members are voting.
All there is to do at this point is wait and hope that the union members are clearer thinkers than their union boss.