We can maintain our apathy and watch the very institution that gave us our standard of living, that protects our rights in the workplace and ensures we are treated fairly by our employers wither and die or we can rise up, accept the challenge and fight back the choice is ours.
Harper Inc's attack on the collective bargaining rights of postal workers and Air Canada employees and their latest move with bill C-377 are just the opening salvos in their scheme to destroy unionism as a force capable of mounting any effective opposition to their neo-liberal agenda. The real screwing will come in the form of so called right to work legislation. Of course each step has been and will be couched in the language of doublespeak and outright lies.
"We are protecting the economy" Meaning we are suppressing wages and stripping workers ability to retire with decent pensions.
"We are ensuring union members know how their money is being spent" When in fact they already have access to this info and in all but two provinces unions are already required to have their finances audited and to submit this audit to the province.
"We are merely giving workers the freedom of choice." Yes the freedom to choose to accept all the services the union will be forced to provide you without having to pay for those services, see how long your union survives under that model. Right to work is often referred to as the right to work for less and with good reason.
US dept of Labor figures show that four of the five states with the lowest average wage are right to work states while the top five in term of average wage are all states without such legislation. Right to work states have a median wage that is approximately two dollars an hour less than non right to work ones, based on a forty hour week that equals a loss of more than four thousand dollars a year in earnings.
As I said at the top the choice is ours, do we stand up and fight back or do we shrug our shoulders and meekly accept our fate. I eagerly await your response.