Calgary City Council is going ahead with their promised 4 per cent raise to union workers this year despite passing on fee increases to Calgarians in tough economic times.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi says that union negotiations will be much tougher next time around, but there was no excuse for the raise when you take into consideration that city workers make, in some cases, 20 per cent above the equivalent private sector worker for doing the same job.
While the city increases spending on the public sector, they’re also increasing prices on fun. Leisure centres will cost an extra 55 cents per day, while swimming will now cost up to 30 cents more.
It will cost more for Calgarians to rent picnic spaces and ice time at rec centres and use recreational fields and pathway segments.
All this comes at a time when Calgarians and businesses need relief the most after being punished with a carbon tax while handing out rewards to their already overpaid union friends.