In Canada there have been various threats to strike, strikes, and the most popular in Canada this year was the Canada Post strike. We keep hearing about the disparity of income across Canada and how the gap is growing (same story in the United States also).
There is always a portion of folks who look at the rich with disdain and some advocate for closing the gap by higher taxation. There have been many recent Wall Street protests happening in the US and Canada too. However many of these protesters always look at the “big bad companies”. My point today is in light of the Air Canada Strike that had been attempted but halted for the moment is this: What about the disparity between workers who are part of these big unions and the people who are not?
What about unions which are advocating for guaranteed amounts of pensions, when millions of other Canadians have to establish their own retirement savings?
What about the millions of Canadians that do not earn the wages that many from these unions do?
What about the abuse that happens (of course not by everyone but a certain portion) by abusing the generous sick time policies negotiated by unions?
Can unions continue to make demands in this economic climate when millions of Canadians and Americans do not have the luxury of unions?
Talk about the power of unions…One recent example is in the Ontario election there was big money taken from union dues to counter the Conservatives. By the way, in Canada (unlike the US) union members have no choice when it comes to their dues being used for this purpose.
Is there not a huge disparity here? Do unions think they will continue to get sympathy from the millions of others? Are they on a sustainable path?