For some strange reason we are made to believe that the strike in Qualicum Beach is somehow different from all other strikes.
The union claiming all other similar jobs in the area got the deals. We forget that the essence here, the principal of the matter’s core problem, is this attitude. Private sector wage comparisons show a much different picture. It shows that the wage base, and certainly the increases fought about, is already too high. Now I am not saying that wages should be lowered for union workers, but if I did it would be the same argument the union is making and I would feel ridiculously one-sided.
As far as driving back to the yard on every break, no employer would find that acceptable.
Hey, I’m not in favour of our town management and leadership practices at times either. But what I do know is that unions can make them sound even worse to gain what they need for themselves, namely dues. And that’s perhaps why a signing bonus is not that appealing. Besides that, what company would give a signing bonus and a raise to people unless they have this super unique skill set and a competitor is actively trying to get them to work for them.
Feel fortunate and lucky to have a great paying job in Qualicum Beach. It’s rare.
Erik DuivenvoordeQualicum Beach