There are 763 drivers, mechanics and staff for Metro transit and Mayor Peter Kelly is stating that the cost to the city for their contract as is would be 10 million dollars over the year. This is if they keep what they have now. It’s already the current cost of running Metro Transit The Union wants to keep the contract they always had, but the Mayor refuses with the municipality to even negoitate, the riders are pissed at the drivers and the union to even compromise but the thing is the public has no idea on the REAL numbers when it comes to the costs. Mayor Peter Kelly is trying to save money on the backs of the union and the commuters to pay for that damn oval he had to rebuild this year.
He refuses to talk to the union and has cancelled a meeting because he felt there wasn’t enough “important” stuff to talk about in council for Tuesday, and this wait is all on the backs of the commuters. Before people go jumping the gun and getting all pissy at the drivers remember this, MONEY TALKS…
Each driver works 8 hours a day, there are 763 metro transit workers, for argument sakes we’re going to keep the wages they are paid the same as most of the drivers which is about 23 bucks an hour. So in 1 day each driver makes aproximatly $184 per day. You take this and figure out what they make bi-weekly which is about twenty six hundred ($2600) every two weeks. They pay into the following Rev canada taxes, CPP, EI Premiums, Union fees, Union dues, Pension, Medical, Insurance, and disability, a grand total every two weeks of approximately of ($1230) Twelve hundred and thirty dollars, they make about $1350 gross after thats all paid, meaning that EVERY single day they work they are paying ($80+) eighty plus dollars a day in taxes and fees. Oh and I KNOW, I know EVERYONE pays taxes, BUT…After this is ALL said and done the remainder is straight pay, something the city is currently not paying the workers as of right now, due to the strike, so think at 763 workers the city is supposedly saving about one million twenty five thousand every two weeks the workers are on strike. So the oval cost “at least $750,000 to $1 million” in capital costs. (Quoted from the coast) Which I might add is STILL yet to be paid for.
So with this in mind, Mayor Peter Kelly will more than likely start the talks again by the 16th of Feburary MARK MY WORDS TO! As then there will be money avaliable to pay for the deficit on the Oval and he’ll be able to afford to move foward with the Union to get the buses back on the road. You think this is quincidence? Think again.
I FIRMLY believe this is EXACTALLY what he’s doing and all the people out there are bitching about Oh if your job is so stressful get a new one. or well if you don’t like whats being offered fire them all and hire new ones. How about this, how about someone tells YOU as a person who thinks this that what ever current job you have right now we strip you of ALL your rights as a working person. (even leagal ones) and tell you work harder, or get fired. Work more for less. and if that option is too stressful GET ANOTHER JOB! NOT so damn pleasant now is it.
I’m still to this date even if I am to walk EVERY SINGLE DAY till this strike is over on the drivers/unions side. Peter Kelly get your head out of your ass and do your job right. The “lawyer” tatics have gotten old. This is a city not a damn court room where you can say one thing and mean another just to get your ass out of a bind. as a tax payer I want my money paid on the services we need in this city, not some damn piece of ice that gets you nowhere!