Wage Settlements Ignore Taxpayer



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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3 thoughts on “Wage Settlements Ignore Taxpayer

  1. Sheridan,
    Oh my, a wage freeze on the public service? What kind of a commie lout are you.
    A large segment of the working population has been down sized, now work on yearly contracts, have no company pension plans, work part time etc., etc.. It is about time for the public service to bear some of the pain too.

    1. Chaz,

      Thank you, Comrade — good comment.

      Another twist to this issue is that there are civil servants who do recognize the poor state of the general economy, but would be muzzled by their union if they were to step out of line and be critical of their union bosses.

      I had a teacher who used to refer to the School Board (in Ottawa) as “the Kremlin on Gilmour Street,” meaning that the School Board did not listen to input from teachers but just dictated school policies as they pleased from on high. (He said the same about his teacher’s union.)

      As Ken has stated before, Mayor Jim Watson’s great weakness is his inability to identify with the private sector since he has been mostly a career politician. At least our former mayor, Larry O’Brien, made an effort to curb wage increases, which even led to a bus strike. Alas, too many career politicians on city council forced him to back down from this approach, and so demands for wage increases were met by much higher tax increases.

      Like another post recently highlighted, it is time for Ottawa voters to shake off their apathy because the way government is being managed is unsustainable.

  2. Well stated Sheridan.

    As we all know, what Tim Hudak stated was twisted against him and his party as that was their easiest way to maintain their control. The Union echelon made the decision for the campaign against him, not always with any input from their members. Obviously, many of the members accepted the rhetoric. The same transpired in all other elections.

    The Public Service, at all levels needs to be reigned in. Not only with salaries and excessive benefits but also in numbers which continue to grow.

    The Union influence/control over what our government levels do, has to be stopped. The major barrier is the fact that there are more ‘union’ employee’s than the rest of us.

    Some extremely qualified candidates lost out in all elections this past time. This has to be stopped.


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