/ Because we all know what insanity is … /
Looks like the transit union is going to be changing up its approach in light of the Friday deadline imposed by HRM.
According to an ATU 508 memo I’ve obtained, union leadership “take the threat of a specific time line very seriously,” and assert that “this is not bargaining in good faith and we must now react”.
According to the memo, the union wants to cut the Metro Transit negotiating team out and take future offers directly to Council, because “each of our counters of late are being directly judged and denied by council with advice from MT negotiators at in camera sessions”. Mayor Peter Kelly already indicated that he wouldn’t be interested in bypassing the negotiating team, so it’s tough to know if the union will get this opportunity.
“Our approach to negotiations also must change. We will be sending our new proposal offers directly to council. It is time to react to the hard bargaining tactics being used by Eddie Robar and his team,” the memo continues.
It also looks like the union is going to try something different on the picket line.
According to the memo, “our picketing procedures must change as well in order to be more effective”.
It’s not clear what this means, but I don’t expect it means they’ll be serving lemonade.