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Strike Stench

Nearly a month old, the city strike in Vancouver has managed to make an already incompetent Mayor Sam Sullivan look utterly useless. While municipalities across “Metro Vancouver” have figured out how to make peace with big labour, Sullivan seems bent on refusing to acknowledge the obvious: sign the five-year contract and shut the fuck up.

With all but the “essential services” being shut down by the strike—for some reason pitch ‘n’ putt, outdoor swimming pools and the Stanley Park miniature train were not consider essential—our garbage is now piling up in alleys, attracting flies and making us upchuck every time we throw out another sack of used teabags and condoms.

As both Sullivan and the union try to out Hoffa each other, the result of the strike is that the city is beginning to stink like shit because of something completely trivial and avoidable. But what doesn’t ever get brought up is that there is only one portion of society that is truly suffering from this excess poop. Most of the rich folk in the West side all have private garbage collectors and life is continuing without a hitch of stench. But the po’ folks on the East side are the ones that depend on city workers to pick up their trash and are now the ones swimming in their neighbours’ semen. So why is one half of the city paying for labour bullshit while the other half gets off?

The answer is that Sullivan is fucking the Eastside in its asshole with a broken broomstick in a desperate move to save his pathetic political career by trying to look tough against the commie unions. The Westside is Sullivan’s base. That’s why he worked so hard to squash the Ward referendum (the at-large voting system allows the West side to control the city). With a prolonged strike the city saves millions, which it is already planning to pass onto homeowners by cutting their property taxes (which side of Vancouver owns expensive property?), and our mayor gets to finally look firm on something.

But all the blame doesn’t belong to Sam. The unions have done such a shitty job in trying to communicate their position and have used Sullivan’s incompetence to try and make themselves look like martyrs. So while they get to look “bruised and battered,” their brothers and sisters are out of a job and forced to picket for peanuts. Their stand has far less to do with solidarity than it is trying to sink Sullivan and ensure a Vision/COPE victory in the 2008 municipal election. Thanks guys.

So now that you know the reason, what is the solution? Take your garbage to City Hall and dump it by the Olympic flag or the ridiculous statue of George Vancouver. Take it to Kerrisdale and spew it throughout the street. Take it to the CUPE head offices and leave it outside its main doors. Take it to Yaletown, find Sullivan and shove your shit up his ass, back from where it came.

  1. Oh My!

    Note to editors of The Only: enroll in anger management sessions — stat! Your invective reveals nothing more than the huge chip that rests on your shoulder, not your acute understanding of the issues in this strike. Sam-bashing is so last month. How about getting CUPE to shut up and get back to the table with a counter-offer? As for your rants, puh-leez, don’t pretend this has anything to do with helping poor people. It’s about your NDP buddies getting in power.

    - Aug 14, 04:30 PM

  2. Quinn

    “How about getting CUPE to shut up and get back to the table with a counter-offer?”

    There’s that entire paragraph that starts with “But all the blame doesn’t belong to Sam,” and then goes on to talk about how the union is exploiting the strike for political gain…

    did you actually read the entire article?

    - Aug 14, 07:35 PM

  3. Tyler

    Obviously they didn’t…
    probably a west sider…

    - Aug 15, 03:45 PM

  4. heather

    You also have to factor in that the city is over budget with there financial commitments to the 2010 Olympics such as the Trout Lake and Killarney rink expiation and hill crest curling rink, since they had borrowed most the funds for the project. I personally feel that the excess money from lost wages is going towards that more then a property tax break. But regardless were still get’n screwed.

    - Aug 15, 07:48 PM

  5. Jen

    Hey, I live on the westside and read Only all the time. Stereotype much? I didn’t vote for Sullivan, I think he’s an ass. Why should I get garbage dumped on my steet? Ok granted, I would never live in Kerrisdale but you get the drift.

    I agree with Heather, Sam is probably seeing this as a way to make it look like the Olympics aren’t wasting quite so much money. It really just comes down to him being a stubborn child and the “negotiators” not doing their jobs.

    - Aug 15, 11:56 PM

  6. SOLIDARITY

    The Eastside and Westside need to get together and, a la Ricki Lake, kick all these fools to the curb.

    - Aug 16, 08:20 AM

  7. opie

    fuck CUPE. greedy, filthy, fat, stupid, assholes. How many people bust their ass in this city just to make ends meet while these fuckers are raking it in>?

    - Aug 20, 06:32 PM

  8. Alice

    I hate this bullshit about west versus east that plagues vancouver.

    “Which side of Vancouver owns expensive property?” Um, both.

    “Most of the rich folk in the West side all have private garbage collectors and life is continuing without a hitch of stench. But the po’ folks on the East side are the ones that depend on city workers to pick up their trash”

    People on the west side don’t have private garbage collectors. People on either side, I suppose, can pay someone to come and pick it up, but the whole city depends on city workers to pick up the trash.

    - Aug 22, 10:01 PM

  9. Gumby

    Alice, I hate to say it but you’re wrong. I live in the West End, and my apt just like every other apt has private trash pickup. I haven’t even noticed there is a strike. Meanwhile, almost all residences on the east are private and rely on city trash collectors. There is a divide.

    - Aug 22, 10:13 PM

  10. Angie

    I don’t think it should be about who relies more on the services of those in strike. Trying to victimize ourselves and discredit other people because of their home income or residential area is childish and embarrassing.

    It’s a tricky situation. I was in a union for 2 years, and I can say with confidence that unions can be a huge waste of money & time, but they also provide security for workers rights, albeit not in a very concise manner. How much workers are paid and what they want isn’t something we should be criticizing OPIE

    “fuck CUPE. greedy, filthy, fat, stupid, assholes. How many people bust their ass in this city just to make ends meet while these fuckers are raking it in>?”

    Raking it in? Really man, if it so fucking easy cleaning up the alleys of east hasting why dont you go get a cushy garbageman job and stop bitching about scraping by? Service workers work hard and should be appreciated for it. They watch your kids and keep this city beautiful and full of recreation for people like YOU to enjoy. They clean up our streets endlessly… have you seen the guys on granville at 5 am every morning? Cleaning the same 20 blocks every night after drunk fuck heads puke everywhere and toss half eaten pizza on the street.

    I poin no finger at what they are striking for, I think the finger pointing should be directed at the union reps themselves and the city, THEY are the reason we are still living in our own filth.

    - Aug 30, 08:32 PM

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