Wednesday, June 24, 2009

David Miller Directs his Frustration at the Everyday Taxpayer

There will be no mercy for Torontonians who dump their garbage illegally, not even for those who face long delays at drop-off points blocked by unionized workers in a strike that threatens to continue through the sweltering days ahead.

“It's becoming clear there is a small group of people who are taking advantage of this strike to use Toronto as their personal dumping ground,” Mayor David Miller said at his first major news conference since 24,000 inside and outside workers walked off the job early Monday.

“We will not tolerate this kind of activity,” he said, warning of fines that start at $380 and could rise as high as $50,000.

So let me get this straight. You're the Mayor of the largest city in the country. You've had a couple of years to negotiate a new contract with your trash collectors and didn't care enough to do it in a timely fashion. Those same workers go on strike and picket all your trash transfer joints and threaten and intimidate everyday, responsible taxpayers that try to drop off their trash at those same transfer stations.

And, rather than providing those responsible taxpaying citizens some form of alleyway to get into said transfer stations, what do you do? Yep, you send out your by-law enforcement guys to fine said responsible, taxpaying citizens.

If the people of Toronto re-elect this guy next year, they have to have rocks in their head.



bigcitylib said...

My wife is on the line, and I don't think she's intimidated anyone yet. But if you're going to talk like this anyway, I'll tell her to start clubbing passerby with her picket sign.

James Curran said...

2 of my cousins are on the line...but that's irrelevant.

Damn those fake newscasts showing picketers surrounding citizen's cars as they get to the transfer stations. I write about that in another blog soon.

I support your wife's right to strike. I don't support intimidation of innocent do-gooders to the point that they are being treated as scab workers. It's wrong. But hey, clubbing also works.

ADHR said...

I don't think you understand that being on a line is a rather frightening experience at times. When you've seen people spat on, attacked with hammers, struck by cars (all things that happened on the CUPE 2278 lines in 2001), you get more than a little worried for your own safety, and band together to prevent something from happening. There's already been one incident of a worker being struck by a car on the lines, so I take the fear as pretty legitimate.

James Curran said...

Yeah, and who gives a shit about the 72 year old guy with a heart condition, and a minute pension that sits in a car surrounded by men half his age who are arguing for cumulative sick days and is terrified out of his mind?

Again, you wanna block scab workers go ahead. Everday Joe's trying to be good citizens should be exempt from the swarming. Sorry, but you're quickly losing my sympathy!

James Curran said...

Anywho, the point of this post is that the Mayor of Toronto is a dispicable human being for sending his by-law guys out to ticket individuals who are trying to dump their garbage legally at transfer stations. A dispicable human being for penalizing the people of Toronto for his sub-standard ability to solve a labour matter years in the making.

Somehow that has now morphed into my opinion of CUPE workers in the city of Toronto and their right to picket.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Personally, I see the mayor and his by-law minions as the real villains.

The city workers just want some of the goodies that city council gave themselves when they hiked their own salaries, and caved in to other unions.

James Curran said...

Can't say I disagree with you Joanne.

The Star just released a poll showing 75 per cent of respondents are against the strike and want the province to end it.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

James, I've heard that the problem with arbitration is that it is exactly what the union is hoping for. Settlements are usually a compromise and in this case it will take the taxpayer to the cleaners.

But what do I care? I don't live there anymore. ;)

Joanne (True Blue) said...

BTW, just mucking about with my Blogger photo, if you were wondering what was going on.

James Curran said...

I bet it's hard for the CAW brothers to feel bad for them too after their most recent bailout concessions!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

James, check out Christy Blatchford's column this morning:

...Just check out the so-called "Sunshine list" of municipal government employees who last year earned more than $100,000. They sure aren't the guys collecting the garbage or cleaning the streets, but rather the dozens of folks it seems are required to manage them.

On the 2007 list, for example, I counted four "repair supervisors" earning between $168,000 and $191,102 a year, and three street-cleaning supervisors earning about the same.

In the words of my friend Tracy Nesdoly, whom I quote several times a year saying this, "You have to know who to be mad at." And in this case, it isn't the workers...

It has made me reassess my perspective somewhat.

James Curran said...

As I said in my post: "if the people of Toronto re-elect this guy, they have to have rocks in their head"

John said...

Again and again this Mayor has proven at best incompetent and at worst negligent.
Bring back Mel! He'll call in the troops!