CFN – Today is Labour Day and I just read about the Toronto Star cutting jobs. Of course they are getting flak from Unions; but there is a certain reality that we as a society are facing.
2% or cost of living raises may seem fair; but certain jobs simply have ceilings.
Right now law enforcement across Ontario is going through a crisis as OPP salaries are extremely high with no sign of stopping.
With arbitration smaller communities see their cost of their own cops rising along at the same beat.
The results in some cases lead to lesser services. There’s only so much money in the public’s wallet. Ontario teachers have one of the most powerful unions, but are our kids the smartest? If you only have “X” dollars and the government
sells out caves in to extortion sells its soul for election support negotiates salaries that simply eat up too much of the budget what do you do in the end? What gets cut if you keep giving more and more of the pie to salaries?
It has been reported that C Difficile is the result of unionized cleaners pricing themselves out of competition and hospitals turning to private services not bound to the same steep service contracts. Unionized cleaners get sick too.
Our hospital in Cornwall trucks in its food for patients instead of staffing a full kitchen. Even the sandwiches in the vending machines come from Ottawa or Toronto. Does that make sense?
Instead of looking in the mirror and facing realities we systemically adjust and band aid situations because we simply won’t elect officials that will support the system which means sometimes saying no.
When was the last time a public service union took a pay cut in Ontario? When was the last time someone was elected with a clear platform to review public sector wage inflation?
Many times when we pass the red line we see job cuts. In some cases we see job sharing and many times those let go are the most productive because of seniority. Again, we get the results that we essentially deserve.
The solution isn’t to punish unions or to hurt labour. The solution is to make Unions more accountable themselves. Everyone deserves a living wage; but should 3rd year OPP officers really be earning $90,621 per year base pay? Entry level is just a hair under $50K.
Do these jobs require 7 years of Uni?
Firefighters and EMS workers are not far behind. There are over 9,000 members of OPPA alone in Ontario.
We all need police and fire services as well as EMS; but at a certain point don’t these salaries price themselves out of what our economy can afford?
Nobody likes to take a reduction in pay. The OPP for example had a two year freeze that then resulted in a 8.55% raise thanks to the generosity of an election year Premier who clearly benefited from the hefty raise; especially when one of her counterparts made noises about cutting 100,000 public sector jobs.
Federal and Municipal governments play election games when it comes to public sector jobs as well. If we had a ceiling with a process of review that could have a lesser impact. After all it is our money.
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