CUPE stinks as much as the garbage

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Kyle Enriquez, 5, lifts a bag of garbage during a community clean-up organized by the York Eglinton BIA. Though the event was organized before the CUPE strike, local businesses and residents welcomed it. Tim Hortons helped make the event possible. Photo by : Mike Pochwat

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Garbage is starting to find new homes across the city, whether it gets stockpiled near sealed up garbage bins or near large green industrial bins, residents are looking for options.

Residents are also starting to take matters into their own hands whether by mowing public park lawns on their own or organizing mowing parties. They are doing this so kids, seniors and taxpaying citizens can enjoy these public spaces. And what does CUPE have to say? They have the audacity to say residents are essentially being scabs during this asinine 23 day old municipal worker strike.

“You could use the word `scab,’ ” said CUPE Local 416 president Mark Ferguson to the Toronto Star. “Whenever we see people performing bargaining unit work during a labour disruption, it’s certainly not helpful. Those actions only lead to prolonging the disruption.”

No, what is prolonging this “disruption” is your pig-headed greed. You are not just screwing random strangers and holding a faceless city hostage. You are holding your neighbours, families and friends and their children hostage.

Davian Matthews (10yo) picks up some loose garbage off of the sidewalk. Photo by: MIKE POCHWAT
Davian Matthew 10, picks up some loose garbage off of the sidewalk. Photo by: MIKE POCHWAT

The fact kids have to pick up piles, not just morsels, but piles of  garbage in community clean up attempts is infuriating. Some of these kids could be ones getting stiffed by city run summer programs closing down because of the strike. Way to go CUPE.

As you sit around on lawn chairs,  or carry strike placards, some with spelling mistakes and delay hardworking citizens as they attempt to drop off garbage at transfer stations, we have pre-teen kids and teenagers picking up garbage. Hope you are proud you greedy, self-centred striking boobs.

On Deadline readers have been asking what I think, well, there you have it, I think this strike is a load of bull. A solution is to be had and CUPE workers will just have to let go of their banked sick days privilege which  had essentially become a part of their own retirement plans- I heard this gem straight from a CUPE worker, they were using and counting on the payout from unused sick days as part of their retirement plans- well, isn’t that special.

Garbage mounds continue to grow at the Ted Reeve drop off.
Garbage mounds continue to grow at the Ted Reeve drop off.

Most of us in the private sector can only dream of such a benefit and the job security that comes with it. Here is what really drives me bonkers, it is not like their employer is some unruly heathen driving them to their deaths through unrealistic work demands. Their employer is our city. Their employer cannot hide. Their employer gets their bucks from all of us.

When all is said and done, we will still be footing this bill after having to step up and reclaim our parks and sidewalks while these striking workers catch some rays and delay us along our days…days where most of us have to work, some under a lot of uncertainty, in order to just keep our jobs.

What taxpayers have to endure to drop off garbage at Ted Reeve. They forgot #4, still get harassed and delayed as you walk your garbage in.
What taxpayers have to endure to drop off garbage at Ted Reeve. They forgot #4, still get harassed and delayed as you walk your garbage in.
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