Yes those who depend on the TTC to get to work, especially those in poverty, will be more harshly affected. In fact it is possible that some may fall behind enough to lose their shelter or phone or….. And it is easy enough to place blame at the door of the evul TTC union for engaging their right to strike and thereby making your morning more difficult.
The real blame does not lie with the union, however, the real blame lies with governments and those who support it, who have. Who have allowed a situation where people spend inordinate amounts of their monthly incomes on housing leaving little for anything else.
Image by Pixeloflight via FlickrSupport for workers involves supporting them even when you actually have to make an effort to do so. Even when it actually affects YOUR life. Even when it’s more than just sitting in your house in front of your computer typing how progressive you are.
I admire those who are thinking of the poor, but can’t help but wonder where they have been! Where was this interest and concern during Raise the Rates campaigns. End the Clawback campaigns. Where was the support for temporary workers?
This callus disregard of situations that don’t affect you are exactly what those in power count on. They are also well served by worker pitted against worker in an ever increasing battle to own the crumbs from the masters table.
Use that new found concern for non-union workers. Use that anger and generate it to do something useful for your poorer neighbours, friends and Ontarians. Demand legislation that cares for citizens over corporations. Or sit and whine and bitch and complain and find ways to fuck over your fellow workers. No doubt your government will thank you…or at least laugh.