July 16, 2018

(WATCH) Public Union, Public Enemy

Rebel Staff

Public-sector unions have been gaming the political system for decades, bankrupting whole cities and plunging states into massive debt. How did this happen and can it be stopped? 

Akash Chougule, senior policy fellow for Americans for Prosperity, has the answers in this sobering video from Prager U.

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commented 2018-07-17 23:06:25 -0400
Most federal government employees are new Canadians or what the govt defines as minorities.
commented 2018-07-17 11:35:37 -0400
… Crucial issue.
… It is a criminal injustice that PS workers are forced to finance political agendas. And, no one can speak up against it, because they know they would be persecuted, bullied, and their careers likely over. PS unions are a racket that the Mafia would be proud of.
… A clean sweep of all PS union is justice. A government worker cannot have the power to negotiate their own salaries and benefits over essentially indifferent and unaccountable politicians. If you want to work for the government, you accept offered conditions- no “bargaining”. “Bargaining” is simply extortion against working Canadians.
commented 2018-07-17 09:54:04 -0400
Good video! I was aware of FDR’s reticence but not of a few other historical facts about the USA.
To answer Maurice – CUPE was formed in 1963 out of two pre-existing public sector “unions.” These, and other like organisations, did not possess effective collective bargaining rights; i.e. the right to strike, until after a two-week wildcat postal workers’ strike in 1965.
Presently bloated, overpaid armies of teachers, nurses and bureaucratic “state-builders” warp the economy and undermine democracy. Their main victims are their dear “brothers and sisters” in the private sector working class who pick up the tab and get further excluded from the political process.
The video places much faith in right-to-work legislation curbing the trend; not I.
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commented 2018-07-16 22:27:02 -0400
To the best of my knowledge public sector unions didn’t exist in Canada prior to 1963 when CUPE was formed. I could be wrong about that. If I am, someone will let me know, I’m sure. Government employees in BC weren’t unionized until ten years later, in 1973 under the Barrett NDP government. I joined the BC Forest Service in 1968, and I can say, from my own experience, the work was much more pleasurable prior to unionization. Once we were unionized, the focus of the work changed. It was no longer pride in a job well done, it became “What’s in it for me?”. With that kind of attitude it’s impossible for the tax payer to get the best bang for their buck. I will say that prior to unionization the pay was low, the hours were long, and we didn’t get paid any overtime…. we worked until the job was done. But that was our choice. We could have quit any time and go to work in the private sector for more money and fixed hours. But we stayed because we loved the work. Post-unionization, people stay for the perks…. high salary, shorter work hours, more vacation time and great pension plan. There are still some dedicated, conscientious, hard-working employees in the government. I know, I’ve met some. But they are also rampant with lazy do-nothing slackers. Both equally protected by the union. However, one thing that is not tolerated is rocking the boat. Whistle blowers don’t last long in unionized working environments, but in non-unionized work environments, whistle blowers aren’t necessary. Slackers are drummed out by their co-workers.
commented 2018-07-16 19:06:49 -0400
If only Canada would get the “Right to Work” legislation here the public sector unions would disappear, but no Liberal or NDP government would implement that legislation and I doubt our current crop of Conservative leaders would have the backbone.