Union demands not about fairness

So far the only justification I’ve heard about the QB union workers’ demand is that they want the same thing that Parksville got.

So far the only justification I’ve heard regarding the Qualicum Beach union workers’ demand for a wage increase is that they want the same thing that the Parksville staff got.

Pardon me, but that just sounds like a whiny child: “how come he/she got more than me?!” If you want what the Parksville staff got, then go work in Parksville. Qualicum Beach is a much different place with a significantly smaller tax base.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-union. In fact, I support the theory in principal. It just seems to me that over the past few decades the union goal of “fair treatment and compensation for an honest day’s work” has somehow morphed into “how much more can I get?”

More money, more time off, more benefits, more security. Surely at some point the compensation is already fair, other than cost of living wage increases?

This shouldn’t be about getting the same thing someone else already got, it should be about what is fair to all parties: the worker, the employer and the taxpayer (who ultimately foots the bill in this case).

Fair compensation should be based on the education/skills required for the job, the cost of living and the current job market. I was a member of a couple of unions during my working career and was embarrassed by almost all of the demands they made, ostensibly on my behalf, even though I felt the pay and benefits we already received were more than fair.

Now, I don’t know any details around what the Qualicum union staff receive in terms of wages and benefits, so if any of them are willing to share those details to illustrate to me how they are being treated unfairly then I’m more than willing to support them.

I’m listening, convince me. Just don’t use the argument of what someone else has already received, it’s irrelevant. In the meantime, kudos to the Town of Qualicum Beach for standing up for the taxpayers on this issue. And a big thank-you to the non-union staff for stepping up and keeping things going on top of their regular duties, your efforts are much appreciated.

Carol DoeringQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach craft beer festival to showcase local brews, spirits

Event will feature 20 Vancouver Island breweries and distilleries

Vandals wreak havoc on Parksville flower beds

‘Senseless’ act causes thousands of dollars in damage

Parksville senior weightlifters prepare for world championships

Couple training for August event in Montreal

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Four-year-old boy assaulted at B.C. soccer game

It happened at a weekend tournament in Ashcroft

Top B.C. court upholds ruling that struck down indefinite solitary confinement

Feds had appealed ruling in case brought by B.C. Civil Liberties Association, John Howard Society

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

B.C. students’ camping trip goes ahead despite tents getting stolen

Nanaimo businesses, school staff and parents ensure trip goes on

Only legal pot shop between Vancouver and Kamloops now open

Private cannabis store on Skwah land in Chilliwack is first B.C. licensee to be Indigenous owned

Victoria woman in L.A. hospital after she was run over twice

Lynn Phillips has suffered from multiple broken bones and internal bleeding

Most Read