The current collective bargaining talks between the city of Toronto and it's inside workers ( CUPE 79) have as usual unleashed the usual venom from those who advocate for their own oppressors.
You've, I'm sure, heard it all before. They should be grateful FIRE ALL THE BUMS, fuckin greedy unions etc, etc.
Much of this venom is rooted in jealousy; I'm not gettin any so no one else should either, but it is also rooted in ignorance.
Much of the propaganda we have been subjected to frames unions members, particularly those in the public sector as greedy and entitled.
The truth however is far different. Private sector workers whether unionised or not have been unable to keep up with the cost of living for decades now.
The reality for most unions today is a fight just to maintain what they have, often unsuccessfully.
On the public side it's not much different.
One under reported fact is that governments at all levels are the largest employers of temporary, part time and contract workers with little or no benefits or pensions.
So you see the reality for most workers whether unionised or not, public or private sector, is much the same. Declining earning power precarious employment and disappearing benefits
An example is the contract negotiated with the city's outside workers in which the workers gave up job security for a 5% "raise" over four years which fails to keep up with the cost of living, in other words a pay cut.
So in effect what those who attack other workers fail to realise is that we are all in the same boat and that by denying decent wages and benefits to others they are denying them to themselves as well.
The divided are always conquered.