Unions. Once upon a time, unions had an incredibly important role in shaping worker rights and ensuring that its members were treated fairly and equitably by their respective employers.
Indeed, there are still several private sector unions that play a pivotal role in standing up for their members.
Now we turn our attention to the current role of the public sector unions. I put forth the argument to you that these public sector unions have outlived their usefulness and have become nothing more than organized lobby groups. Public sector unions achieved workplace equality, fair pay and wages and worker rights. But that didn’t seem to be good enough; now we have a fundamental imbalance in the system where public sector employees enjoy higher wages and more benefits than almost all of their private sector counterparts.
Take for example the recent PSAC protest in the streets of Manotick, outside Pierre Poilievre’s Constituency Office. Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada were out protesting proposed bill C-59, which contains changes to sick leave. The union representing 172,000 government employees believes this is an attack on their collective bargaining process. I’ve reviewed the legislation, and I would argue that the proposed changes do not infringe on the collective bargaining process and that it is simply a matter of keeping benefits affordable. Remember, we the taxpayer foot the bill. The current practice of banking sick days belittles the whole point of sick days. But I digress.
It always seems to be public sector unions demanding more more more! When will the union brass wake up and realize that taxpayers are a finite resource? There is only so much we can give! When will union managers realize that their members have it better off than the rest of us? When will the union members stand-up to their leaders?
Remember what happened in Ontario, during the 41st General Election? It can be argued that the public sector unions won that election for Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals with their ‘Anyone but Hudak’ interference. If I was a member of that union, I would be outraged that my union dues went to lobby interference in an election that is supposed to be controlled by the individual persons participating. And indeed many members were outraged by the behavior and reckless spending of their dues.
And then Karma ran over their dogma… the public sector unions of Ontario got what they wanted. A government that never seems to run out of money as they jack-up the debt and deficit spending. But now we have nurses losing their jobs and teachers striking in the streets or otherwise suspending their administrative duties. Because guess what… the province is out of money.
If what happened in Ontario is allowed to happen again on the Federal level this fall election, this country will go broke.