CFN – Bus drivers in Cornwall Ontario are mulling whether to go on strike. They cite low wages and a low offer of only about 2% from the city.
What I think many of them don’t realize is that taxes have been going up for many reasons, mostly the wrong ones, but they have been going up.
Where does it end? Is it fair to compare wages for bus drivers or any service funded by taxpayers in a city the size of Cornwall to Ottawa or Toronto? Really?
The problem is that in Cornwall like many cities we have politicians, especially when fighting for their political lives like the pathetic mess that our mayor and council are collectively, that will capitulate to unions hoping to get member support at the ballot box.
Where does that end? While transit service is very important where is that extra money supposed to come from? We already have under used buses zipping around; will raising fares help that situation?
I think most of our Cornwall Transit team are awesome and provide a needed service. I also think that this union should take the 2% can smile because in Cornwall far more people will not be getting any raise and would be grateful just to have a job than watch these guys and gals try and score a big deal that our weak politicians would most likely pony up.
It’s time for our mayor and council to stand up for taxpayers and draw a line.