July 06, 2016

Was “Fight for 15” about “fairness”? NDP wring out raise for union friends with minimum wage hike

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

The NDP’s hike in the minimum wage is about to make your groceries more expensive.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401 representing 30,000 Safeway, Superstore and Sobeys workers in Alberta are promising to negotiate higher wages for all their members because the minimum wage is going up to $12.20 per hour in October 2017 and $15 per hour in October 2018.

This will cause employers, who operate our local grocery stores, to hike the cost of milk, bread and all the other things we need for our families every day - things struggling Albertans already have a hard time buying. And the increased cost of food will take another chunk out of the bottom line of Alberta's over stretched food banks.

Gil McGowan, head of the Alberta Federation of Labour said that unions fighting for a raise to the minimum wage wasn't about a clandestine fight for higher union wages. He said it was a fight for “fairness”.

These unions never do anything without getting something in return. And they spent a lot of money on the “Fight for 15” campaign in Alberta.

Just days after the announced minimum wage hike, the union representing 30,000 grocery store workers, showed us that in the end, the fight for 15 was about higher wages for unions.

All of this was a way for the NDP to wring out a raise for their union friends under the guise of “fairness”.

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commented 2016-07-07 11:08:41 -0400
Watch the non union self-serve grocery retailers and rural farmer’s markets become popular when they keep their prices in line with public demand.

Unionism has destroyed every industry it has infected, retail grocery chains are next – I see people cutting back and leaving things they used to buy on the shelves for even pennies more than they feel is fair – I’m buying direct from producers and freezing more food than ever and from what I read cutting out big retailers is part of an overall trend in consumer choices.
commented 2016-07-07 10:58:46 -0400
I just love the photo on the header to this post – all those those vegetables lined up in a row like that remind me of the group photo taken of Jughead Truedough’s first federal cabinet.
commented 2016-07-07 09:07:23 -0400
LIZA ROSIE, “If socialists understood economics they wouldn’t be socialists”, you’ve nailed it!
commented 2016-07-07 02:54:22 -0400
Meanwhile here in conservative Manitoba, there is no bump in min wage.
commented 2016-07-07 01:18:56 -0400
Another question for the educate(HAHAHA) lefties. Justin is supposed to be Mr public service, why is postal going to strike and why will other areas be striking in the future, my fiance works for the federal gov and Justin has broken his sick days promise by removing more of them than before and offered a whopping 0.4% raise, what a joke.
commented 2016-07-07 01:16:35 -0400
Andrew i actually work for a grocery chain now, as i no longer have work on the pipeline which paid me more, so how is all this socialist garbage giving me more money to spend? Considering taxes are going up and new ones will be created and prices will go up so what good does a few dollars more do me?
commented 2016-07-07 01:13:13 -0400
Andrew less jobs does not boost the economy. Oh sorry i forgot , you cannot think things through , you just stop where you want it to end.
commented 2016-07-07 01:06:49 -0400
If socialists understood economics they wouldn’t be socialists.
commented 2016-07-06 21:59:32 -0400
So MONGREL , it’s like closed circuit stagflation, deliberately designed to drag down the economy while artificially inflating prices , and at the same time we’re sitting on tons of gold but not allowed to take it to market
commented 2016-07-06 21:26:29 -0400
In the 70’s it was called ‘stagflation’, inflation occurring in a stagnant economy.

The difference to now is that the stagflation of the 70’s was inadvertent to several global economic combined factors. In Alberta it is designed through the Non-Democratic Party government stagnating the economy while artifificially inflating prices.
commented 2016-07-06 21:15:00 -0400
Andrew, yes, it is a good thing in the vast majority of cases.. that’s why this particular client has decades ago automated the other product likes that require skilled labour. This one particular product line remained manual specifically because it is seasonal and he had a sense of duty to give work experience and money for tuition to students in the summer and employ marginally employable people in the winter. This product line cannot afford the large expenditure to automate when the equipment would go 24hrs/day in the summer but only 1 day per week during the rest of the year… You will note that I give 2 ‘options’ for the conclusions, and indeed automation is an option, but in this case, the only realistic choices are to buy from the US or discontinue the line…
commented 2016-07-06 20:40:17 -0400
“The conclusion was that when $15 is legislated, he’d automate and reduce labour by 80%”

What’s wrong with that? That’s exactly the trend that created the middle class in the first place. Increased productivity increases wages while reducing costs, and the increase in disposable income creates economic expansion, absorbing the displaced workers. It is literally win-win-win.
commented 2016-07-06 20:31:01 -0400
Tar and feather all NDP members, along with all union executive. Or as the left would do it, started chant NO MORE UNIONS, NO MORE UNIONS, NO MORE UNIONS, NO MORE UNIONS, NO MORE UNIONS, ETC. ETC. ETC.
commented 2016-07-06 20:08:36 -0400
Let’s say someone gets 12$ per hour and they get a raise to $15.. yes, it is good for that individual, but when applied across the board, there is no gain. A good analogy would be to take the decimal point away that separates dollars and cents. For example, you get 20.00$ per hour, remove the decimal place, and get 2000 per hour.. whooowhooo a 100 times increase !!! So do you feel better now??? Remember, the decimal point is gone too on every single thing you buy and it would now cost $77 to buy 1 American dollar… There is no gain what so ever and even a loss because now you’d be in trudeau’s newly created upper tax bracket. And no, this is not theoretical or ideological, it’s fact. recently I did an analysis for a client. He uses a lot of labour to produce a product… he sells it to retailers who sell to the public. The product sells more in the summer, so in the summer, he pays 12$ per hour to students working the summer for tuition but also keeps a smaller staff in the winter of marginally employable people. IF he were to pay general labour 15$ instead of 12$, each worker’s payroll deduction would go from $296 per month to $444 per month. His cost of product would go from $44 to $56.. at the retail level (including 20% retail margin), the consumer price would go from $55 each to $70. At the end of the day, his workers in a month would pay 150$ more in payroll deductions and yet only be able to buy the same number of the products they make themselves with the wage/price now vs the wage/price with a ‘higher’ salary. The conclusion was that when $15 is legislated, he’d automate and reduce labour by 80% or he would close his manufacturing and buy the same product from an American competitor under private label.
commented 2016-07-06 19:46:47 -0400
Shouldn’t it be $20.00 in Canada?
commented 2016-07-06 18:38:22 -0400
Sheila, you couldn’t be more correct. The NDPiggs couldn’t give a shit about true Albertans. There is always some sort of kick back for friends or the party. FUCK THE NDPIGGS OF ALBERTA.