“The OFL has run deficits for the past two years, and liabilities, led by pension obligations, far outstrip assets on the balance sheet… According to the note from the independent auditor the OFL’s “accumulated” net asset deficiency is nearly $6-million.” – National Post article.
Re “City workers union opposes Toronto casino” (Don Peat, April 2):
After six years as a steward and 14 years as an elected member of the Executive Board of CUPE Local 79, now retired, I am utterly amazed to read Local 79 polled its members on something other than contract offers and the election of officers.
Yesterday, an article by Don Peat appearing in The Toronto Sun told us that the City of Toronto’s unionized workers are opposed to the idea of a casino in Toronto.
I’m not massively enthused myself either, but the interesting part of the story is where we are told that “Local 79 president Tim Maguire said the decision to oppose a casino was based on an internal poll of his members.”
“We want to pressure the Israeli government to respect international law in order to create a lasting and just peace… This position reflects the democratic will of CUPW’s membership and the union remains committed to it” – Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
“They’re taking membership dues and frittering it away on things that are so destructive” – Shimon Fogel of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
“I continue to be astonished by the extent to which ideas which should be on the ‘loony tunes’ margins of politics have now been adopted by a union which represents thousands of its members” – Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae.
“(Bill C-377) will shine a light on the over $4 billion that unions collect annually in forced contributions from workers… unions cannot simultaneously benefit from the public trust through forced contributions from workers that are protected in law and generous tax breaks worth over $400 million annually, while also arguing that they have no public disclosure obligations.” – Terrance Oakey, Huffington Post article.
March 12th, 1991
“As a dues-paying member of CUPE and as an elected member of the executive board of my local (he’s been active for 13 years) I strongly object to the arrogance and immorality of the NDP and the labor movement in claiming to represent our views and opinions on this and many other issues…”
March 15th, 1991.
“The whole exchange showed me how naive I was in Tuesday’s column to ask why there weren’t more union members like Jeff Goodall – who’s on the executive board of CUPE Local 79 – willing to take on their unions when they presume to speak for them on political issues.”
The unifying effect of police violence…
“…it (will be) necessary for the Fair Wage Office to ‘vet’ companies wishing to compete for contracts… would there be any means of appeal for those companies and contractors barred from competing on bids?”
“I’ve heard the same stories over and over again from paramedics — forced to scurry around the city their entire shift, leaving less serious calls unattended for up to an hour, because there are simply not enough ambulances on the road.”