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Striking workers in Durham Region reject offer

Early Sunday morning, CUPE Local 1764 announced that a majority of its members rejected a "revised final offer" made by the region.

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The public sector workers strike in Durham Region will continue into the week. 

Early Sunday morning, CUPE Local 1764 announced that a majority of its members rejected a "revised final offer" made by the region. 

"We now hope that the Region will acknowledge our members demands and come back to the bargaining table with the concessions removed," the union says in a post on its website

Workers walked off the job Thursday morning after negotiations with the region failed. 

The strike involves paramedics, court staff, and child caregivers. Six daycares have been closed because of the action. 

Union representatives say the biggest sticking point is paramedics' sick days and benefits. 

"You, our members have made a bold statement! It’s now time for the Region to come back to the table and negotiate a fair contract for ALL of their employees," the union says on its website. 

A BBQ and rally will be held on Wednesday at noon in Whitby.

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  1. Mark7 posted on 06/22/2014 12:23 PM
    Toronto pinheads voted the criminal Fiberals in so now all the bs with these idiot unions begins again.
  2. Union Logic posted on 06/22/2014 12:35 PM
    If a group of people decided amongst themselves to take control of a public service, like garbage collection, education or transportation, and declared that until their demands were met that service would be cut off for everyone who depended on it, we'd call that extortion at the very least; depending on the service being held hostage, we might even be tempted to call it terrorism. The people responsible would be the subjects of a manhunt, and be in a cell by the end of the month.

    When a union does the same thing? It's a "negotiating tactic," and you're a fascist bastard if you point out the double standard.
  3. Union Logic posted on 06/22/2014 12:38 PM
    If you give a normal person a gun and six bullets, and tell them "This is only for self-defense, use them only when you need to," they'll put somewhere safe and hope they don't have to use it.

    Do the same thing with a union member? They'll immediately shoot you, then the next five people they see, and then go on strike to protect their God-given constitutional right to six free murders per year, plus an additional murder each year for inflation.

    But it's cool, because seventy years ago a union invented the weekend.
  4. Union Logic posted on 06/22/2014 12:41 PM
    Say you and I make an agreement: You do something for me, and I'll give you two baby panda cubs every year for the next ten years. Five years later, panda bears go extinct.

    A normal person will understand that no amount of fussing and moaning will get you those remaining cubs. A union member will bring vital infrastructure to a grinding halt in a major metropolis and hold foaming-at-the-mouth press conferences to DEMAND those remaining bears, with no thought on whether it was feasible, sustainable, or affordable.
  5. Union Logic posted on 06/22/2014 12:43 PM
    Most of us try and teach our kids that bullying is wrong and temper tantrums are not how reasonable people get what they want. Then we send them to schools to learn from unionized teachers, who show them every three-to-five years that temper tantrums are a "negotiating tactic" and that bullying is okay, as long as it's against people who put the province's financial health above What The Union Wants.
    1. Mark posted on 06/22/2014 01:26 PM
      @Union Logic Your funny...
  6. ernie posted on 06/22/2014 12:45 PM
    The strike really isnt a problem. they dont get paid at all. It saves lots of money!

    Let them stay out 2 or 3 months efore returning to the table, then reduce the offer even more!
  7. ernie posted on 06/22/2014 03:51 PM
    Only after every worker in this province hits rock bottom, minimum wage will this province grow into a world class powerhouse. Then the top earners will give it all back to us in jobs, jobs, jobs with wage increases possibly as much as a dollar an hour. Maybe a dental plan so one can have their teeth professionally pulled. No more string tied to the back of the doorknob. The rich will provide free healthcare for those about to lose their lives so they can get back to work and produce goods on par with other third world countries.
    1. Union Logic posted on 06/22/2014 05:14 PM
      @ernie The only alternative to having insular groups of people with delusions of entitlement holding our businesses and services for ransom every few years, is to live like Bangladesh. There is no middle ground or third option; ordinary people either get fucked by the unions or fucked by big business. And the union is the better of the two options, even though unions don't provide any goods, services, or jobs; they just strangle the ones that businesses create.
  8. Union member posted on 06/22/2014 08:50 PM
    Please do not lump all union members together. I am just as much a victim as the public affected. I may lose my house because of this. I may also lose my job if this drags out due to job bumping. Most of us just want to go to work, and it was not a landslide rejection of the contract.
    1. Dean posted on 06/23/2014 09:41 AM
      @Union member What you should do is visit the LabourWatch website. You'll find all the forms and documents you need to speak to your colleagues and get the union that's about to ruin your life decertified.

      You can save your job and the reputation of your entire profession.
  9. race to the bottom posted on 06/23/2014 05:26 AM
    Union Logic sounds like a bitter saddo.

    Sad clown

    tee hee hee
  10. race to the bottom posted on 06/23/2014 05:44 AM
    Union Logic poster.

    Say some bitter jealous fool posts rambling nonsense in the comment section of a news radio website cause he blames unions for him being such a failed loser in life, does it make his miserable life any better?

    Doubt it.

    Guns, pandas, teachers, manhunts.

    Nutjob.
    1. Union Logic posted on 06/23/2014 04:20 PM
      @race to the bottom I use these stories to show how stupid and short-sighted core union philosophies are when applied to other situations, and how hypocritical their actions are. But by all means, attack me instead of the points I raise.

      Here's another story: My brother ("Joe") is in a union, has been for his entire working life. This past winter, he had a falling-out with my aunt ("Marge") just before Christmas. Joe then told our mother that he didn't want to see Marge at Christmas dinner, and that she could invite Marge or invite him and his wife and son. His son, by the way, was half a year old at the time and the first grandchild for our parents.

      Anyway, our mother tried to reason with him on Christmas Eve and get him to put the argument aside long enough to have Christmas dinner the next day, but he refused. He went so far as to say that if she didn't uninvite Aunt Marge right then and there, he would keep himself and his family at home, and let our parents miss their first grandchild's first Christmas. He basically declared a Christmas dinner strike.

      Mom was devastated. She spent most of Christmas Eve in tears, finally giving in and telling Marge she was not welcome at dinner. My brother was quite happy to hear the news, and to this day is oblivious to the fact that our mother has never looked at him the same way since, oblivious to the burned bridge between himself and Aunt Marge, and oblivious to the damage his actions had on the relationship between Marge and our mother.

      This is what union thinking leads to, people who believe that throwing tantrums and screaming "Give me what I want, or nobody gets anything!" is a rational, adult way to solve problems. They don't care about the long-term damage caused by their actions; all that matters is what they want, how they want it, right now.
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