Oct 10 2007

The Vancouver strike is over! Well, sort of

The garbage men are still on strike in Vancouver.

Odd, since the inside-workers have abandoned labor strife in favor of a settlement. So much for a united front.

Even the parks board workers who are still on strike are only still sticking to their guns on a technicality (Globe & Mail). Almost 60 per cent of those workers actually voted to end their strike. They needed a two-thirds majority to accept a new contract (a unique situation amongst all unions in Canada).

Bottom line: Vancouver can look forward to sharing accommodations with increasingly pesky swarms of fruit flies (The cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner was a definite draw for our little bacterial vector friends).

Just to check, if both sides get to vote on the latest deal, what was the point of bringing in a presumably-objective arbitrator?

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “The Vancouver strike is over! Well, sort of”

  1. on 11 Oct 2007 at 5:55 am

    Mediator, not arbitrator. The mediator’s role is to talk to both sides, and to attempt to find unexplored routes to consensus.

    In some cases, their main purpose is to propose a settlement that demonstrates which party is being especially unreasonable, usually by hewing very closely to the demands of the other party.

  2. on 11 Oct 2007 at 6:02 am

    I don’t know how you managed to survive 3 months of garbage. I also blogged on this on my site.

  3. on 11 Oct 2007 at 6:21 am

    Ryan, what can I say…

    Oops. Perhaps I should invest in a dictionary.

    I definitely missed the fine print on this one.


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