A reflection on the civic labour dispute
(This was written Aug. 7 for Town Crier.)
So the 39-day strike is over.
Are you still wondering who emerged victorious from this civic battle?
“Everyone loses. Civility is lost. Spin replaces truth. The Canadian sense of compromise is compromised,” lefty councillor Joe Mihevc tells me. “I don’t know any strike where people can say, ‘this ended well’.”
No one wins in a strike, Mayor David Miller said repeatedly at press conferences and I agree.
But clearly this messy public fight can’t be summed up as simply as “everyone lost”. So I’m taking a closer look at exactly who won and lost from the point of view of the residential taxpayers, the City of Toronto and unions.
I also looked at the labour unrest from the perspective of businesses, the mayor and society at large, click here for that story. Continue reading