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TTC Strike

Klubmasta Will

TRIBE Member
if this happens, monday will be absolute chaos.

i live close enough to cab it to work but taxis will likely take hours to arrive.

i would drive but there probably won't be parking available anywhere downtown. (watch for insane $30-50 daily parking rates too.)

it may be vacation time?
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
Here's hoping for bike-friendly weather! I've been getting shit-ass snow and rain days for too long now. Lately I've only been able to bike 1 or 2 days out of any given week. Jeers to this weather! :mad:

Pete
 

Rosey

TRIBE Member
i walk to work

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suckers. not only do you have to pay to suffer on public transit, but now you're screwed by them again.

what's that? the fare is going up to $3 in september? oh well, so sorry. :p
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
Hey what are they threatening to strike over anyway? I've read a couple of articles in the paper, but none have really specified what the big deal is.

I realise that they need more money from the governments to operate and keep up the level of service, but for some reason I don't think that that's what this one is about...

Pete
 
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madnezz

TRIBE Member
oh well- I guess I will just have to live at tommy's until it's over *grin*

I dont think I could bike to school... I could on the way down- but its ALL uphill on the way back! yikes!!

does anyone know how likely they are to strike?

adios
Laura
 

Klubmasta Will

TRIBE Member
i could walk to work actually, but it would not be fun.

pete - there's a media blackout in effect so the news reports don't reveal much.
 
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Libradragon

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looks like it might happen.

we just got a memo at work saying that they'll cover transportation for those who take the TTC with cab slips. damn that's expensive. :eek:
 

kyfe

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Libradragon
looks like it might happen.

we just got a memo at work saying that they'll cover transportation for those who take the TTC with cab slips. damn that's expensive. :eek:
same here we got the exact same memo yesterday, I'm all for people making more money but this is insane... the starting wage is comparable to that of a cop..... $20/hour to clean subway cars? come on... the ttc is pure jokes, it's almost like most government jobs.....

Kyfe
 

Klubmasta Will

TRIBE Member
essential workers should not be allowed to strike. this should apply to ttc workers, doctors, the people that maintain our drinking water, etc.

sure, it takes away from their ability to negotiate salary and benefits but they would know this before accepting the job in the first place. (besides, in return for not having the ability to strike, they get much better benefits and job security than in most other industries.)

ps. what about university ppl? aren't they in final exams now?
 
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janiecakes

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by *labRat*
don't these guys strike every single year?
nope, i think they have a three year contract.

i believe the last time they went out on strike was in '99.

pete, there's a media blackout on negotiations, that's why you don't know what the issues are.
 

labRat

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by janiecakes


nope, i think they have a three year contract.

i believe the last time they went out on strike was in '99.
<checks calendar>yup... right on time</checks calendar>

--craig
 

Swamper

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Subsonic Chronic


You're thinking of the staff at York U.

Pete
faculty, not staff.

Also, regarding the strike, I think it's mainly about getting more funding to help do maintenance/replace dated vehicles - I don't think it's about a wage hike.

They're seriously underfunded ppl, and as much as some of you don't like public transportation it does serve as a necessary service to a lot of people.
 
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alexd

Administrator
Staff member
Their service is getting worse and worse and their drivers are getting more and more bitter and surly. One bus driver here on the Greenwood bus is a fucking nazi - closing doors on people all the time.

He once even made me run nearly a km from greenwood station in a blizzard to the next stop before he would open the doors. Luckily I was in shape enough to do it and his bus was stopped a a red light on the way so I caught up to him, but had I dropped dead of a heart attack on his bus he probably would have done time for it.

It should all be about customer service. Even if the vehicles are falling apart - if the cusomer service is great at least they may attract more riders to the service and thus build the brand up.

Its the few pig operators that give the service a bad name. That, and waiting for streetcars that never come for hours, and when they do, three of them show up at once.

It should be more like montreal or singapore. I have even seen 3rd world countries with better transit systems.

If I had a choice I would choose a better way than the TTC.
 
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futronic

TRIBE Member
Yes, exams start shortly for university, so that will definitely pose a problem. Also, I work in Markham, and take transit from the Beach, so it's going to be a real pain in the ass for me. I don't think my work would cover cab fares either. I'll have to see. Shit.

I doubt that they'll go on a complete strike right away. Maybe a work-to-rule first, like last time. Sure it'll take longer to get somewhere, but it won't bring transit to a complete halt.

-- Jay aka Fut
 

silver1

TRIBE Member
There is always an outrage because the TTC doesn't get enough money from the local/provincial/federal government yet there is no outrage that a guy who sits in a booth and dispenses tokens or simply sits in a chair during rush hour gets paid $25/hour.
 

BigBadBaldy

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by alexd
If I had a choice I would choose a better way than the TTC.
Try living in Vancouver sometime. Their transit system is a faint memory of a lingering odour of a ghost.

BBB.

Translation: it's almost nonexistant.
 

MoFo

TRIBE Member
I remember being stuck at Bay and Bloor because two chicks had stabbed a man on the platform and the guy was chased by them up to the street so blood was everywhere.

Everything west of us was stopped so a couple of hundred of us were stuck for over 2hours. We just stood watching full express buses go by, hoping the next one would fit at least one of us.

I cabbed it home and ended up paying quite a bit cuz of the traffic chaos. So basically, I went to work, worked my shift and then used the money I made from the shift for my cab. I worked a shift to stand on the street in the cold for two hours.
 
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