“…a tool now exists which will permit union members to determine exactly how much of their compulsory dues payment is spent on partisan political activities. This means that in future, it will be possible for concerned members to demonstrate precisely why an organized opposition must be formed.” – Toronto Sun letters, July 19th.
“Stripped of the ability to collect mandatory fees, many public-sector unions will lose much of their bargaining power. Some will likely collapse… Now the court is poised to wipe out public-sector unions in the name of free speech.” (1)
“According to an email obtained by the Star, the organization has $1 million in outstanding payments, a budget shortfall of $200,000 for the first six months of this fiscal year, and a $250,000 credit line that’s maxed out most weeks.” (1).
Re “City staff ‘insulted’ by survey” (Joe Warmington, Jan 22): I spent 25 years with Metro Toronto and the City of Toronto, including six years as a steward and 14 years on the Local 79 executive board. There is absolutely nothing new about the city’s “human rights” practitioners using the employees as guinea pigs on which to practice social engineering concepts, and over the years, the number of “minority” groupings has greatly expanded to meet the need…
“Business unionism means that your union looks after business through bargaining and workplace representation, and anyone who wants to save the world or turn it into a socialist paradise can do so on their own time at their own expense.”
“…it refers to the loss of a spiritual leader in the community, such as an elder. We have negotiated bereavement leave in other agreements for such losses.” – Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC).
And public employees wonder why they get so much bad press…
“…increasing taxes and spending the proceeds to buy votes, creates a ‘client dependency’ whereby the recipients of this largesse will consistently vote in such a manner as to continue receiving it… Perhaps most damaging of all, society ends up with substantial numbers of ‘dependents’ who are unable to fend for themselves, who resist having to work for a living, and who have developed an unnatural and thoroughly unrealistic sense of entitlement.”
The following is taken from an email message I sent to someone who had visited my website and wanted to do something about union dues being spent on political activities.
The person responded that they don’t want to become involved in federal or provincial politics, but in my opinion, Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak seems determined to do something about unions spending money to undermine his party. He is particularly annoyed about union-financed agitation against his candidates in the recent by-elections.
“I despise the actions of the labour movement in using captive union dues to pursue a socialist political agenda, which I regard as both unnatural and destructive…. (and) I want unions to exist in this world, because I want workers to be protected from unfair labour practices.”
“Let’s ditch the idea of one-sided, paternalistic “right to work” laws, and try to find a way to stop unions hijacking our dues for unwanted political purposes. The money should be used for bargaining and workplace representation, nothing else.”