Originally Posted by dreambrother808
Kill the unions?
Why yes, because the average person having benefits and making a decent wage is the problem. If there were no unions, life would be perfect. Hey, we'd still have child labour and working only 40 hours per week would be considered an unrealistic dream.
Let's face it, all unions are just evil. Only management and owners should have any say in what the "rest of us" deserve. Here, here.
Is any one side of any story or struggle perfect? No.
Is getting rid of one side of a balancing force the way to create balance? No.
I was being a little sarcastic.
But really though, unions were great when they first started and revolutionized workers' rights. Today, they're just downright abusive of their powers. They are extortionists. What happened to higher wages in accordance to work performance?
I'm all for unions, but public unions these days are just far too powerful for the public's own good. You have the BCTF thinking they can dictate how kids are taught and evaluated because "the teachers voted on it" against the policies of the Ministry of Education.
Limit vacation days. Limit flex days.
At the end of the day, it is the taxpayer that pays for these higher wages but it doesn't result in better results. We should expect the same just like public expenditures on capital infrastructure projects.
I'm quite sure unions are increasing Translink's human resources costs quite a bit, and it also comes at the price of the customer service we see on buses and trains.
Perhaps one reason why I really like the Canada Line payment plan is that it's all based on the quality of service provided. InTransitBC's annual pay cheque depends on the frequency, reliability, maintenance, and cleanliness of stations and facilities of the Canada Line. And in turn, without union interference, the Canada Line employees can earn raises based on their work performance (e.g. clean facilities).
There needs to be a balance between workers' rights and public interests. I could care less about private unions like the one for Safeway employees.