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Locals stand up for free collective bargaining rights

Friday, September 14, 2012   by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay and District Labour Council
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In August 2011 Premier McGuinty said “we respect the bargaining process as result of the process we don’t tear up collective agreements”. A year later the Liberals with the help of the Conservatives have passed legislation to tear up collective agreements and attack collective bargaining rights.

Premier Dalton McGuinty said “we’re all in this together”.

“What about all the tax breaks to profitable multi- national corporations and banks, which turned $8 billion in profits this quarter alone?” Asks Henri Giroux president of North Bay and District Labour Council.

“This isn’t just about education workers. The Liberals are using public-sector workers as a scapegoat for their mistakes and that’s why we must challenge this new Ontario law that strip workers of their constitutional rights” said Giroux

On Friday September 14th, let your MPP know his vote in favor of removing collective bargaining rights will not be forgotten. Join education workers from OSSTF, CUPE and ETFO in a demonstration of solidarity and protest this undemocratic loss of bargaining Rights.

We are here today at our MPP’s office to ask Vic Fedeli why he didn’t allow free collective bargaining rights.

When: 4:15 pm-5:00 pm
Where: Vic Fedeli MPP’S office 165 Main Street East North Bay
When: Friday September 14th 2012

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dealer 9/14/2012 8:13:14 AM Report

Funny to hear Giroux speak this way because he knows he and his party would be doing the exact same thing if they were in the same position! God forbid the ndp gain power in this province....remember Rae days....

These unions had the chance to bargain back in the summer and probably would have received a better deal(not much BUT better) then what is forced on them now.

One thing i agree with though....dalton's own policy of 'giving in' in the past and always caving to, not just the teachers, but public sector employee's has created this mess....now he has to grow a back bone to get himself out of it....had he done this years ago the province wouldnt be in this mess....
IGuard 9/14/2012 9:13:39 AM Report

Really? Really? Our fiscal problems are caused by unionized public sector workers? What a complete crock. Our fiscal problems were fine under Mr. McGuinty until the big financial crisis a few short years ago. Who caused that? Big banks and big business. And just prior to the McGuinty Liberals the Harris/Eves PC's. The greedy rich in other words. The same people sowing hatred against organized labour. For over half a century unionized work forces grew creating the greatest consumer population we ever had. It is no surprise that over the last 30 years the decline of unionized labour and the increase in dept and loss of jobs, outsourcing are so closely linked. You want wage freeze for public sector workers fine, (which any dolt can see is actually a wage rollback) then the same pain should be felt by all Ontario workers. All wage increases should go directly to the supposed dept.
dealer 9/14/2012 11:52:41 AM Report

Yes really!

The sick day policy public sectors get is RIDICULOUS....and who do think pays for that...the taxpayer!

I dont disagree with much of what u said but there should have been more fiscal restraint shown by dalton when dealing with the public sector workers on past contracts....and PLEASE dont lump Harris in with dalton....Harris had a backbone!

btw...my wage has been frozen for 2yrs now going on 3....just in case u thought i was one of the rich and greedy!
IGuard 9/14/2012 12:23:50 PM Report

So explain how public sector workers caused the huge deficit? We know it was caused by big business. But explain how public sector workers caused this? When Mr. mcguinty came into power there was supposed to be a surplus. Not the multi billion dollar deficit he inherited from Harris\Eves. Well he cleaned that to. Then the recession. Yes remember, caused by big biz. Public sector wage freezes never do anything for deficits. They do score political points though. Mr. McGuinty is playing hudak like a fiddle. So what about sick benefits. You do understand they were negotiated right? They are there if I need them but over the last three years I have needed them 3 times for a total of 5 lost days. One of those years no sick time was used. Yiur wage freeze does nothing but enrich your employer while he\she\they stick it to you. Are you organized? Do you stand up and fught for benefits and raises? You do realize that a public sector dollar spent here in the north is far better than one sitting in Queens Park right. The problem is he is eroding the rights of workers. And yes the NDP opened my contract so I certainly don't support them. Public sector workers absolutely did not creste this mess but are being told (again) they are the blame. The new racism,cant hate and insult who we used to so lets hate and insult organozed labour. Haha.
dealer 9/14/2012 1:26:28 PM Report

the new racism....puulllease...cry me a river!

Geez, where do i start?

1st off...READ my posts before u rant...

I said, 'I dont disagree with much of what u said'...

....its not just the public sector workers but dont u think a sick policy that allows a person to take the last year off in sick days before his/her retirement is RIDICULOUS....the taxpayer pays for that because they have to bring in someone else!

thing is i blame dalton/past politicians for caving on issues just like this when they should have been saying 'no'. The teachers, as in any profession r going to try and get as much as possible. Its up to the government to draw the line and because they always caved in the past they find themselves looking like idiots trying to pull back on the reins now.

Look at sports in general....i dont blame players for trying to get as much as possible...i blame the owners because they r their own worst enemy!
IGuard 9/14/2012 1:56:16 PM Report

I think what you will see l is now teachers will take their sick days yearly. The cost factor for replacing them is more than the end payout for banking them. Again politcal points score due to outrage people express at teachers banking their sick days.
dealer 9/14/2012 3:01:47 PM Report

agreed....

'hate' is 2 strong a word for me because i dont 'hate' anyone(not even dalton!).....i strongly disagree with many and the actions of many but i think to actually hate someone requires one to go to a very dark place...besides that, hate requires 2 much energy...i have my opinions but that just all they are, opinions....

As for this issue i think all anyone wants is to be treated equally and, your right, many r outraged by it!
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