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We are into our twelfth day of a garbage strike. We are being asked to dump our garbage in our city parks at designated sites. If you have a small apartment or a baby, you have to dump your garbage. The strikers sit under the shady tree. They want the city to smell bad so the strike will end. The City is putting poison out for rats and raccoons, and spraying the garbage with things to keep down the bugs and smell. It is just a bad situation all round. smelly city.
5th Jul 2009, 04:14   | tags:,

Viv says:

do they have a case?

5th Jul 2009, 11:25

factotum says:

and then it rains, making a garbage tea filled with rat poison which seeps down into the ground? Delightful.

5th Jul 2009, 12:32

beth says:

They want to be able to accrue the sick leave entitlement they haven't taken so they can get a lump sum when they leave work.

5th Jul 2009, 13:22

Jane Doe says:

How often do they collect your garbage? Ours is only picked up once every 14 days...

5th Jul 2009, 16:07

swamprose says:

The city of Toronto is broke. It wants to stop paying retirees for their accumulated sick days that they didn't use. You get 14 sick days a year and if you aren't sick, you bank them, and get paid for them when you retire. It would the City $250 million a year. Also on strike are City-run daycares, the people who maintain things, and the Island ferry.
It's a real mess, with no end in sight. People are getting really angry. I don't think you should get paid for days you aren't sick.

5th Jul 2009, 16:10

swamprose says:

Same here, JD. One time it's garbage which is mostly plastics and packaging, and one time it's recyclables--bottles, plastic containers, styrofoam, and paper. Beer and liqour bottles are returnable to the beer store for money. We are really missing the weekly pickup of the green bin full of compostables, including meat. I'm fine, but if you have a small apt, or a baby, or you are a restaurant...
My compostables are in my big freezer and the rest of it is piled up, doesn't smell. You see crazed moms and dads with their kids all over. There has been a huge scramble to find care for kids of working parents.

5th Jul 2009, 16:24

nige says:

Sorry affair. I'm still lucky to have weekly collections where I live, though I'm unsure how long it will last.

The fourth and last images are great.

5th Jul 2009, 18:13

Spiderbaby says:

Oh dear. I hope you have a resolution soon.

5th Jul 2009, 19:43

MaggieD says:

I, too, hope you have a resolution soon ...

5th Jul 2009, 20:41

Viv says:

Presumably though the city made the deal rather than a pay rise sometime - I think it stinks as a deal and personally think people should not go to work when they're sick for theirs and everyone else's sake but if it was a negotiated deal then the city has to negotiate it's way out of it.

Sounds like an horrendous situation.

5th Jul 2009, 21:31

swamprose says:

I don't know the history, but I do know Toronto just has no more money, and with a huge number of people out of jobs, and a real recession on here, there is not much sympathy for cashing in unused sick days. The mayor is very union friendly so if you take your garbage to some of the sites, you are stopped from delivering it, the police won't interfere, and if you leave the bag outside the area, you are fined $300. I saw a construction guy with his kid at work the other day. And a lot of very frazzled looking moms, dragging kids.

5th Jul 2009, 21:35

MaggieD says:

'Toronto just has no more money' .... the fault of the capitalist system in my opinion ... I know who I would blame in the first instance, though I do understand the lack of sympathy for the cashing in of unused sick days ....

5th Jul 2009, 22:08

Viv says:

bad policy in the first place!

6th Jul 2009, 01:14

Viv says:

think that sounds as though I'm definitely on the workers side - but life ain't that simple and unions do have to accept that sometimes there just isn't enough money - back to pre Thatcher Britain.... nightmare senario! I hated striking and really don't think I could ever have taken part in anything more than a nominal days strike - means not justifying ends ends

6th Jul 2009, 01:22

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