Building on this, the current offer on the table is as follows (from the Freep):
"The wage offer over three years is only two per cent, 2.2 per cent, and 3 per cent -- in comparison to the recently posted inflation rate of 2.4 per cent -- and is below the amount won by most provincial government employees in their last contract negotiations."
I just can't understand how the union could recommended to its members to accept this offer by the city. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not someone who would wholeheartedly support any union blindly. In this case though, I do hope that the drivers and support workers are able to get a better deal - even if it means a potential strike.
I say this because Wpg Transit, from what I understand, has experienced much recruiting difficulty in the past several years. If Winnipeg has any real desire to enhance transit, and take it into the 21st century (properly), a strong employee base is essential. IMO, this comes about by a competitive wage being the catalyst for both recruitment and retainment.