JERRY AGAR

Anti-union or Pro-fairness and choice?

Posted By: Jerry Agar · 12/10/2013 8:33:00 AM

A new group has sprung up to represent taxpayers and union members who would rather not be beholden to the union bosses.

Counter to the union group called Working Families Coalition, Working Canadians, "wants to raise awareness about the influence of union bosses," according to an article in the Star.

Union supporters will characterize the PC's promise to let people opt out of unions as a sop to the business community, but in Wisconsin, when workers were finally given that right after a bitter and vicious fight, huge numbers of unionized public workers immediately dropped their membership.

Letting people direct their own representation and future is only the right thing to do. Forcing people into membership is totalitarian, anti-freedom and - I would hope - anti-Canadian.

 

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  1. Jack posted on 12/10/2013 08:52 AM
    Anti-union IS pro-fairness, for all the taxpayers being ground under the heels of greedy, corrupt public sector union bosses.
    1. Let's be fair posted on 12/19/2013 06:47 PM
      @Jack Unlike the greedy corporate bums who hike up the price of food stuffs et al so that they can collect over blown bonuses...while punishing the consumer.

      Next time try to support your unthinking rhetoric with facts.
      Or do you simply "run your mouth" like your hero Hudak?
  2. Nicholas posted on 12/10/2013 09:57 AM
    The Coalition of Working Families is a front for Ontario public sector unions and the de facto marketing arm of the provincial Liberals. Someone should send those idiots the tab for the staggering the waste inflicted on us by the McGuinty Liberals.
  3. Mike posted on 12/10/2013 11:54 AM
    Jerry, does this Working Canadians group have a website where we can donate and show our support?
    1. Mike posted on 12/10/2013 12:03 PM
      @Mike Nevermind, I found it myself. Working Canadians dot ca, as you'd expect. It's long overdue that a group stood up against the unions to fight for our rights!
  4. Bingo Bob posted on 12/10/2013 12:26 PM
    The real negitive and misinformed seem to wanna tee off on unions and organized labour. If organized labour is about enhancing and promoting workers there is a cost. Should people then benifit at the cost to others? If we all go out and have a nice meal should others pay for the ones who dont feel they should?
  5. Average Joe posted on 12/10/2013 02:27 PM
    Beating on unions will only hurt us all in the long run. Do some unions bring negative attention more than others ..yes. But the overwhelmingly majority of organized workers do well and reach fair agreements with employers.
    The move by Conservative governments to adopt a USA style of "Right to Work" laws will severely damage the fabric of our society and only pad the coffers of big business and force us all to accept working for less. When unions throw their support behind any particular political group it is obvious that is where the organized worker has support also.
    Here is a very well written article in Forbes in regards to Right to Work and what it is about in the USA

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/12/11/right-to-work-laws-explained-debunked-demystified/
  6. George T posted on 12/12/2013 06:09 PM
    "....but in Wisconsin, when workers were finally given that right after a bitter and vicious fight, huge numbers of unionized public workers immediately dropped their membership..."

    Wisconsin went from #11 (nearly breaking the top 10) in State GDP in the USA to #44 after Right-to-Work came in....not that Jerry would tell you that.

    The "unionized" workers who dropped membership largely did so because rolled in with the RTW legislation that was passed were measures that allowed employers to FIRE unionized workers carte blanch.

    CAT left London when their Canadian workers wouldn't accept a %50 cut in pay and close to %70 cut in benefits...CAT relocated in a RTW State and the PCs (and Jerry) would have you believe that this is due to dirty unions and their filthy workers....CAT employees now work, on average, 3 jobs just to make ends meet in a depressed State with a poor standard of living for the "working class".

    Jerry, Tea Party Tim and "Working Canadians" are looking to brain wash voters into accepting less and working more with no job security, retirement planning, benefits or security in order to make Ontario "attractive" to Corporations looking to maximize profits on the backs of a disposable work force....which means most of us listening to 1010 and reading these blog entries.

    Agar, you should be ashamed of yourself....you're not, I'm sure you're well paid to help spin the Tea Party agenda in Ontario, I just hope people reading this have the ability to look at the whole picture and realize that Snake Oil Salesmen abound on both sides of the Political Spectrum.
    1. Jerry Agar posted on 12/13/2013 06:51 AM
      @George T The reason Jerry "won't tell you" that Wisconsin dropped in GDP is that it isn't true and I don't make stuff up.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_GDP#2005.E2.80.932009_list
  7. Terry posted on 01/12/2014 02:35 PM
    Let's us all be real here and look at whose behind these unions and that's the teachers and their unions. Meanwhile all this is going on and the teachers just sit there and go home at 3 o clock and are STILL holding out on giving extras to our children. Its really our children who suffer from these self interests!! Why can't they (the teachers) be happy with the big fat pay raises they got this year and tell their union to tow the line?? Your with me on this Jerry, and we better figure all this out soon because they will be off soon on their three months vacation!!
  8. Dom posted on 01/27/2014 09:23 PM
    It's time to start standing up to the public sector unions, they are slowly bleeding this province dry. I know several people working in the public sector who are all over paid and under worked, taking every friday off in the winter to go skiing, taking weeks of in the summer to go wherever, how do these people get to make 6 figure salaries and large pensions while taking 2 months off every year? it's pure thievery and it needs to stop. Unfortunately I think the theft and corruption is so embedded that things will need to get very bad before changes are made.
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