Frequent Bulldog contributor and commenting star Sheridan responds to The Bulldog post, Arbitrators Get Real In Police Settlement.
At the provincial level, public service labour negotiations look hopeless for the taxpayer.
Indeed, it was discovered last year that the provincial government was even funding the negotiating costs for the secondary school teacher’s union: “Premier Kathleen Wynne is defending her government’s secret $3.74-million in payments to teacher unions as simply the price of securing labour peace” (Globe and Mail, November 16, 2015).
Moreover, the last provincial election saw Conservative leader, Tim Hudak, under huge assault by the public service unions for the suggestion that 100,000 civil service jobs would have to be cut in order to get Ontario finances under control. Even the police union ran advertisements against Hudak — the first time the police union have ever crossed over this political line.
In short, the Ontario taxpayers have been held hostage by the Ontario Liberals and their civil service union pals.
Furthermore, it seems to me that when a city is running a record operating deficit, raiding city reserves, and servicing a historic city debt, that the term “wage freeze” should be the common denominator in civil service labour talks.
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