Let me get this straight. They’re striking for the right of long-time drivers to pick which shifts they want to work?
I’m trying to figure it out. I get that the union guys sincerely feel that the right to pick their shifts is the only perk that goes with seniority, because they are all paid the same.
But I’m not sure that their desire to have a perk is a compelling reason to strike. The job is bus driver. It pays pretty well for unskilled work. Who says they’re going to get perks too?
Citizen columnist Randall Denley argues that management needs to have the right to manage driver schedules, especially because uncontrolled scheduling has been identified as a major money-loser by the auditor general. I agree with Denley: management has to be able to manage.
I think this strike is doomed and the city should win it.
For a lot more strike talk, including arguments from drivers, visit the OC Transpo Community blog.