Frustration with the local news media speculating that CUPE members sabotaged the City's traffic control system was brewing on the picket line today. Many wondered if a slander lawsuit is an option as they believe this was a concerted media effort to discredit picketers.
The conspiracy minded believe the City's exempt staff inadvertently reset the system's timer and that the sabotage story was designed to deflect blame and frustration.
Tom Timm, City Engineer, handled the media interviews perfectly. He said what the City knew, didn't know and why police had been called. Mr. Timm has been the best City management spokesperson throughout this strike.