Two councillors break silence on inside workers' strike with Tweets
On day 24 of the strike by London's 750 inside workers, several politicians broke their silence on the contract dispute.
The comments on social media come in the wake of a campaign by CUPE Local 101 to get city council more engaged in ending the strike.
A radio ad by the union asked people to call London Mayor Matt Brown and their councillor to tell them it was their job as elected leaders to end the strike.
And on Wednesday, Ward 9 Councillor Anna Hopkins responded to a question from the public on Twitter, saying, "Encouraging both sides to get back to bargaining table ASAP. Expecting resolution. Enough is enough."
She later Tweeted she's not taking sides, but hopes to see an agreement woon.
Then replying to former controller Gina Barber's Tweet, "Council gives direction to administration, not the other way around," Ward 3 Councillor Mo Salih Tweeted, "Nor do I take direction from anyone, other than the Londoners I represent."
Union head Shelley Navarroli says, "Our campaigns are making a difference. It's council that will ultimately ratify the collective agreement so they should be the ones giving direction to senior management not the other way around."
The city's 750 municipal inside workers have been on strike for 24 days. The city is seeking several concessions involving hours of work, early retirement benefits for new employees, and changes to job evaluation and promotion policies.
The most recent negotiations to reach a settlement broke off a week and a half ago.
Premier Kathleen Wynne also weighed in on London's inside workers strike for the first time Wednesday at a news conference during a tour of the city.
"The collective bargaining process works best at the bargaining table and I have full confidence both sides will come together and they will reach a deal," she says.
Put on the spot by the premier to comment further, Brown echoed the need to resume negotiations.
"We are encouraging our union leadership to get back to the table as soon as possible so we can have those serious conversations."
But Navarroli says, "We have not received any invitation to get back to the table with the city...The union remains at the ready, our briefcases ready to roll and meet at a moment's notice to negotiate a fair collective agreement."
Few details are available, but late Wednesday afternoon the city issued an advisory that a special council meeting is being held Thursday at 7:15 p.m. concerning "labour relations and employee negotiations."