With the unionized HSR workers having rejected the city's latest offer, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 has unveiled a website titled, Gimme A Break, HSR.
Citing unresolved issues around pay equity (including overtime pay after eight hours' work, breaks or lieu pay, vacation improvements and inclusion in the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), access to washrooms, assaults on operators, and service reductions, the website is part of a public strategy to pressure the city into addressing its concerns.
The emotional centrepiece of the website is a sequence of photos showing a 'toilet' for HSR operators in the woods, complete with toilet paper hanging on an adjacent branch and a graphic example of the sanitary facilities in action.
Eager not to offend, the website designers placed the photo, er, spread behind confirmation links, noting, "viewer discretion is advised".
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