Monday, September 03, 2007

Labourious

With the Vancouver civic strike seven and a half weeks old and labour peace reigning over the rest of the (Lower Main)land, organized labour is out in force today. "Solidarity forever" can actually be heard in the background when radio reporters are filing their stories and union ads in community papers like the Burnaby Now, with 23 Labour Day ads in the Salute to Labour Unions special insert, are hard to miss.

Happy Labour Day, and enjoy the back to school traffic, and all of Burnaby's new speed bumps, during the morning commute tomorrow.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny to see the BC Fed sheepishly pushing for a $10 minimum wage when their real agenda is just to raise the bar for their own members.

They really don't care about the average schmo making $8 an hour. They just want to be able to introduce a new argument for the union members making $10 an hour next time around.

The argument will be "why should we settle for minimum wage" when really what they should be looking at is raising these people's abilities in the workplace where their skills are worth more. Most people making $8 an hour are kids and part time workers who are on the way up. After all who is going to make a career from minimum wage jobs.

Whining has always been a forte of the BC Fed and that continues.

9/04/2007 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trouble is, most entry level jobs pay out $10 to $12 an hour as it is now.

Minimum wage jobs are starter jobs, it's impossible to live on $8.00 an hour. You can exist, barely, but not live.

The other thing is that the unions get the raise they want, and guess what? The union dues go up too.

9/04/2007 8:49 PM  

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