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    #1

    confusing text

    "Instead, the TTC should be declared an essential service, with future labour disputes ticketed for binding arbitration.
    This would entail taking away the union's right to strike (and management's right to lock out), which we do not recommend lightly. But the interest of society ought to prevail, as it does in other sectors deemed essential (police, fire, nursing)."

    hi,

    This is an excerpt from a today's newspaper. The subject is a strike on the Toronto's public transportation system that have just been avoided, seems like.
    I wonder what the underlined text means. What do they "do not recommend lightly", please? Taking away the union's right to strike? If they "do not recommend lightly", do they "recommend heavily"? Why not "lightly recommend", please?
    Should the interpretation be "they heavily recommend taking away the union's right to strike."?

    thanks a lot.


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    Re: confusing text

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Instead, the TTC should be declared an essential service, with future labour disputes ticketed for binding arbitration.
    This would entail taking away the union's right to strike (and management's right to lock out), which we do not recommend lightly. But the interest of society ought to prevail, as it does in other sectors deemed essential (police, fire, nursing)."

    hi,

    This is an excerpt from a today's newspaper. The subject is a strike on the Toronto's public transportation system that have just been avoided, seems like.
    I wonder what the underlined text means. What do they "do not recommend lightly", please? Taking away the union's right to strike? If they "do not recommend lightly", do they "recommend heavily"? Why not "lightly recommend", please?
    Should the interpretation be "they heavily recommend taking away the union's right to strike."?

    thanks a lot.
    The way that I read it, the writer of the article is making a recommendation that the right to strike be taken away from the union. By saying that this is not something that he (or she) recommends "lightly," he is saying that it is a recommendation that he (the writer) has carefully considered knowing that taking away the right to strike would be something that would be VERY strongly opposed and that would have serious implications. But it seems to be that the writer's position is that the public need for transportation is far more important than the rights of the worker.

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    #3

    Re: confusing text

    "Instead, the TTC should be declared an essential service, with future labour disputes ticketed for binding arbitration. This would entail

    1) taking away the union's right to strike, and
    2) management's right to lock out

    These are two things which we do not recommend (to be done) lightly. But the interest of society ought to prevail, as it does in other sectors deemed essential (police, fire, nursing)."


    For some reason we say, "heartily recommend" - enthusiastically

    or "recommend lightly" - with reservation.

    We don't say "recommend heavily"?

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    Re: confusing text

    thanks a lot... but i am still in doubt.
    the sentence "do not recommend to be done lightly" is in a negative form. how would you say that in a positive way? "we recommend to be done enthusiastically"?
    thanks again.

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    Re: confusing text

    We heartily recommend that you attend college.

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