So we all survived this nightmare -- a whole 36 hours without the TTC. Truly a harrowing ordeal. I know I barely survived it.
(And before you email me telling me I'm being an asshole, I'll point out that I had to work extra shifts and work twice as hard this weekend because co-workers couldn't make it in. I'm exhausted, cranky, and understand exactly how inconvenient the strike was. Does this change my perspective? Not really.)
1) Should the TTC be an essential service because (some) nurses (sometimes) take the TTC? The implication of this argument seems to be that multi-million dollar institutions who literally employ full-time PhDs somehow are baffled by the concepts of "phone tree" and "car pool". Ah, but you say, nurses are treated like crap and their employers aren't going to pay for car rentals so they can all get to work.
Indeed. Perhaps they need a better union.
2) There have been something like 8 strikes in the TTC's history -- the last major one shortly before I moved to Toronto when I was a kid -- and some of them lasted more than 3 weeks. If I recall correctly, hospitals have employed nurses throughout most of this period. Apparently, after the inevitable epidemics broke out when nurses couldn't get to work, all mention of these horrible plagues was erased from the history books. Anyway, the TTC wasn't an essential service then, but is now. I think this buttresses my argument: we're now a city of infants.
[Seriously. Do people actually think history didn't happen, or isn't written down?]
3) If a local labour dispute can motivate the Provincial government to act within 24 hours and find a legislative solution that garners cross-party support within 32 minutes, what about all the other shit that's wrong in this province? Find me a solution to climate change in 32 minutes, and I'll have Dalton McGuinty's baby.
4) Look out teachers. You're next.