The TTC union boss Torontonians love to hate is up for re-election by his members today.
Seeing Bob Kinnear, 39, defeated might give some satisfaction to those riders stranded in last year’s Friday midnight strike or the one-day wildcat walkout of May 2006.
But a different leader at the city’s powerful transit union wouldn’t guarantee labour peace on the TTC, particularly as Toronto continues to struggle financially. While he acknowledges transit workers have a responsibility to the public, Kinnear’s focus is on his members. If he’s re-elected, he wants to use the next round of contract talks to improve their benefits, which he says have fallen behind other city workers.
Challenger Cosimo Lacaria, a 25-year employee, is among the 60 per cent of the union’s 9,800 members that work in maintenance, the division whose vote undermined the 2008 deal with the city that Kinnear had endorsed.