People are chilled, wet and weary.
Learning that the mediator had delayed release of the settlement offer until October 8th has frayed nerves and tested picketer patience. Apparently I'm not the only prickly picketer.
CUPE 15's bargaining committee has announced that they will schedule information meetings and provide an accept or reject recommendation.
The bargaining committee and union executive, at this point, carry as much influence as a movie critic. They will express their opinion but only unionist connoisseurs will take heed.
Most picketers will base their vote on:
- personal experiences, both at their job and with the union; and
- what their opinion is on the negotiating obstacle of "No Layoffs Due to Contracting Out."
Given this increased frustration people will hold their vote close to their chest. Fire Fighters (reported on CTV Oct 2) attempting to extinguish burn barrels are requiring police support to cool aggravated picketers. Thankfully they are not the majority but only a few idiots and fools are required to undermine the efforts of so many picketers.
The few overly aggravated, otherwise known as bullies, don't give a damn why you vote the way you do just as long as you vote the way they do.
CUPE and the City have perception obstacles to overcome.
CUPE has to convince many that this strike was not hijacked by CUPE's executive as a means to leverage greater gains for those CUPE locals that have already settled.
The City's senior management must prove that they are not as arrogant as their take it or leave it style of bargaining would imply.
Regardless, the union and the city have 5 years to develop a positive working relationship.
Negotiators, on both sides, will simply seek new and innovative means to aggravate the other until 2012.
It is at this point where visionary non partisan leadership is required.