TTC union boss Bob Kinnear is a “one-man wrecking crew” who botched talks with the city by forcing members to vote on a new contract even as the union’s executive remained bitterly divided, says one of his union rivals.
Larry Davis, who mounted a failed bid to unseat Kinnear in 2006, said the Amalgamated Transit Union’s Local 113 is ensnared in discontent and many of its 8,900 members blame Kinnear for the TTC’s public relations debacle and fractured membership.
“Members are very perturbed at Bob Kinnear,” said Davis, 53, who has worked for the TTC for 33 years. “They don’t feel they’re getting the best leadership with him. They feel they’ve been mislead.”
Informed of Davis’ comments, Kinnear retorted, “Larry Davis was a candidate in the last election and got about 12 or 13 per cent of the vote. It’s not surprising that he would be putting forward negative comments.”
More details spilled out about the negotiations that led to the TTC’s surprise strike on Saturday.
As talks continued Sunday into the early afternoon, the TTC agreed to increase the 3 per cent pay hike by 15 cents an hour. Some union executives demanded Kinnear ask for 25 cents more. At about 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Kinnear left the hotel suite to meet with management. He returned 10 minutes later.
“Look, the company’s not going to move,” Kinnear said.
The board voted by a show of hands. Eight endorsed the new deal. Seven opposed.