Toronto City CUPE unions are attempting to hold the city hostage by refusing essential services such as garbage collection. Furthermore, they are blocking access to non-unionized transfer stations to further inconvenience residents. What's next, unions blocking our driveways during a transit strike The police wont allow you access but they will fine you for leaving your garbage at the picket line. 18 days of bankable sick leave, above and beyond holidays, accumulating year after is a luxury few of us have and none of us can afford. It is already a $250,000,000 dollar liability, according to city councilors. Guess who is going to pay that with higher property taxes, and reduced services in the future You! Why are the unions confident that they are going to win Two reasons: First, because city council leads by example: "Council had no problem voting themselves a raise, so we are just asking for fair treatment, None of us want to be here. But if we can't get a fair deal, our only option is to withdraw our labour. Second, Mayor Miller needs the votes to hold on to power: "said one Etobicoke striker, a welfare caseworker for the past 31 years. But we all think so very much of David Miller. I was very proud to have him as a mayor. But if he wants my vote next time around, he needs to whip his negotiators into shape. Many jurisdictions such as York and Etobicoke have successfully privatized their collection: cheaper, no strikes, and more efficient. With many of us losing our jobs and taking pay cuts it is time to send a message to Mayor Miller that enough is enough. Outsource this service, save us taxes, and send a message that we will not be hostage anymore!