The lesson is it's better to fight than to run away when you are a city-worker union dealing with the Tory assholes that dominate these days.I take two, related lessons from this. Jobs are becoming even less secure, which is scary, and terrible. And we must fight, fight, fight for our rights as workers, because we may win some battles, and we will certainly win more battles than those who surrender without a fight.
We got a better deal than anyone else in TO, with a host of concessions beaten back and even a couple of small improvements to benefits.
However, we still gave up too much on the job security provision. Partly, we were moving from a MUCH stronger clause than other city units, so to bring us closer to them would require a big loss. But the blunt truth is that the concession leaves many (as in, more than half) workers vulnerable.
the lessons in tpl's struggle
With the Toronto Public Library workers back at work after a ten-day strike, here is an assessment of their settlement, from a TPL librarian (my friend and comrade) who is active in the union.