I was happy to hear that Via Workers and Via Managment did the sensible thing and referred their dispute to binding arbitration.
I am familiar with the union's brinkmanship tactics of walking away from negotiations. Midnight tonight is the deadline.
If the parties are still far apart, why not throw in the towel with binding arbitration? Both CUPE and the City should agree to this. It's a sensible solution for the good of everyone. The VIA rail strike lasted only two days.
Why does Miller have a problem with presenting his case to an arbitrator? An arbitrator would consider Toronto's dire financial state. The union would get a fair hearing rather than confrontation from City negotiators. Perhaps, an atequate buyout for sick time would be awarded by an arbitrator.