“…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…
Interestingly enough, assistant-to-the executive Gilles Benoit of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is reported as saying that he’s never heard the term before. And the Canadian Federation of Taxpayers promptly weighed in with the suggestion that the term “spirit friends” might refer to beings “commonly considered to be religious spirits or ghosts (which) can take human or animal form”, adding “They want 10 days off with pay if an imaginary friend dies… These people might as well be working at imaginary jobs.”
PSAC is distinguished by being the only union which does not have any individual members, being an umbrella group for a number of unions representing federal employees. So, the question arises, is this the work of one of the unions comprising PSAC, or is it the work of an aboriginal member of the PSAC board?
In any event, such ridiculous requests cause immense damage to federal and other union members throughout Canada, including to provincial and municipal employees.
In my post “Woman denied government job because of race” (July 2010), I related that “I was told by an aboriginal woman over lunch that no aboriginal employees of Metropolitan Toronto or the City of Toronto should be laid off ‘until all the white employees have been laid off first’… I told her that when aboriginals leave their reservations and come into the cities, they can ‘take the crap with the rest of us’. She was astonished, thinking that as a union officer I would be supportive of anti-white discrimination. I heard later from the friend we were with that she ‘didn’t feel comfortable around me’ any more.”
And as I also said in that post, “When people actually come to believe such stupidities, we know that something is very badly wrong.”
Now, it would seem that aboriginal demands and expectations have advanced far beyond being merely aggravating and unrealistic, to the rarified stratosphere of being stark, raving mad.
I hope the Treasury Board, and the public, stomp this ridiculous suggestion back into the slimy cesspool of politically-correct “entitlement” from which it crawled before any other such demented ideas can emerge into the light of day…
See “Public servants want paid days off to grieve spirit friends“ here.
See “Woman denied government job because of race” here.
See also “Union leaders live in an imaginary world” (Sept. 14th) here.
And, the Toronto Sun editorial “Not a ghost of a chance” (Sept. 14th) here.