Suck it, union haters.
Journalists face fines in Alberta for commenting on strike action by unionized workers? Welcome to the corporate national-security state.
Yesterday Statistics Canada published a nice counterpoint to part of the relentless drumbeat against public employees by organizations like the Fraser Institute and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Last December the CFIB published a report noting the horrifying finding that when it came to sick, disability and personal days off, public sector workers averaged 12.9 days compared to 8.2 days in the private sector. The report suggested the difference was “pure entitlement.” The CFIB said provisions should be aligned with the private sector and that accumulation of sick days should be eliminated or limited for public sector employees. The September 19 edition of the Statistics Canada Daily, however, suggests there just might be a reason for the difference in sick leave use.
Well, then. Gentlemen! We must kneecap StatsCan and hamstring its ability to research and present inconvenient facts!
Oh, wait …
(h/t Erika Shaker and Trish Hennessy)
Celebrate Labour Day weekend by thanking the people who won it for you.
Suck it, union-haters.
And again: suck it, union-haters.
A job that pays a living wage isn’t just good for the workers who get to take home a livable paycheck, it’s good for other business owners and the economy as a whole. Businesses need people with a reasonable income to buy their goods. When workers are paid so little that they can barely afford to eat, they can’t spend additional money and as a result, the entire economy suffers. This is economics 101.
That implicit contract between society and the business owner used to be common knowledge in this country and, until the Reagan Revolution, was kept intact by businesses. Now, however, corporate America has thrown it out the window.
Walmart is the most egregious example. The nation’s largest employer is one big corporate welfare scheme for the company’s executives and the billionaire Walton family …
There are more lessons here, of course, but this is why we all need to tell Walmart to fuck off.
Reviving labor unions is, sadly, anathema to the right; even many mainstream liberals resist the idea. But if economic growth depends on rewarding effort, we should all worry that the middle classes aren’t getting pay increases commensurate with the wealth they create for their bosses. Bosses aren’t going to fix this problem. That’s the job of unions, and finding ways to rebuild them is liberalism’s most challenging task. A bipartisan effort to revive the labor movement is hardly likely, but halting inequality’s growth will depend, at the very least, on liberals and conservatives better understanding each other’s definition of where the problem lies.
i am fed up with a government that shows no respect to workers - without whom it would crumble - and confused why the union refuses to fight with all it has to protect the hard won right - which people in the past died for - to collectively bargain with the employer.
i am also confused why “the public” and “parents” who go on and on about how voting is so important and its a right that people - women and people of colour especially - fought and died for, get up in arms when teachers - many of whom are women and people of colour - attempt to protect a right that those before them fought and died for - the right to collectively bargain. teach your child that they deserve respect in the workplace and you’ll contribute to a better world for all. teach them that if they stand up to authority when it behaves egregiously they’ll be fired and you teach them to usher in fascism.