So 51 days later, and the bus strike has ended. Hours before the federal government would have forced bus drivers back to work, the city and the union have decided to send the contract issues to binding arbitration. Something they've been proposing for a month. Something that could have ended the strike a month ago. Assholes.
So what does this mean? Nobody wins. Here are the numbers:
1 : Week until the very first buses will return. Luckily one of my bus options is within the first group of options.
15 : Weeks until 70% of bus service will be reestablished.
51 : Days of stupidity.
380 : Dollars I spent on parking, gas, taxis, etc.
500 : Number of bus drivers that will be temporarily laid off while bus service returns at a reduced rate. Congrats to 25% of the drivers screwing themselves our of any pay at all. I bet that $50 per week in strike pay looks pretty good right now.
2,300 : Bus drivers who will be facing copious amounts of verbal abuse by many of the
860,928 : Angry citizens of Ottawa.
24,000,000 : Dollars saved by the city. I'm sure we'll all see that coming right to our pockets real soon. Hah.
I have no respect for anyone involved.