Students’ unions wrong on minimum wage

Students’ unions across Canada pour a great deal of financial resources – which it expropriates from the student body via mandatory student union fees – into political actions. One popular cause of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) is campaigns to increase the minimum wage. In 2013, the CFS-Ontario, which is composed of 38 students’ unions and more than 300,000 students, submitted a document to the province’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, in which it called for an immediate minimum wage hike to $14. Students’ union leaders met with organizers of a union- and activist-run campaign to raise the minimum wage, and donated $500 of students’ money to this campaign.

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  • Pontifex Maximus

    Both “teachers” and “students” unions will be obliterated; their conceited sense of entitlement is nauseating!

    • Alain

      While I agree “student unions” makes as much since as establishing a union for people on welfare. Students do NOT work nor produce anything marketable, so why do we continue allowing this charade that started in the 60s. Teachers at least work and pay taxes.

  • Icebow

    They seem never to consider differentials.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Never don’t stop believing

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Not happy with that Journey reference.
      I always hated that band.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Journey is what sparked my interested in Punk in 1981.
        Long story.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          I’d like to hear it.
          I was more into the Liverpool and Manchester sounds.
          And early synth pop.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Hence the ‘Joy Division’ reference in your user name.

            From Journey to Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys in about 30-minutes.
            Something in my brain just clicked while listening to them on a bomb box and talking to their fans while waiting in line for tickets that told me, “I ain’t these people”.
            It was as if the person that got into line for Journey tickets and the guy that got out of line with tickets to a punk venue were two different people.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I had a similar experience growing up as a headbanger.
            Dad had all these Scorpions, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and southern rock records in the house.
            I thought all the New Wavers were a bunch of fags and despised them.
            The Fixx were good so me and my buddies went to see them open for A Flock of Seagulls on my seventeenth birthday.
            The Fixx were good even though Cy Curnin sang to his hand all the way through.
            Then they left the stage and we thought the best part was over.
            Then A Flock of Fag-gulls came on and opened with a fifteen minute version of I Ran.
            (Don’t laugh!)
            It was mind blowing.
            I started dancing in my seat and security told me to stop.
            ‘Fuck you!’ I thought, and kept on going.
            By the end of the song everyone was dancing in their seats.
            And the bass player passed me his pick after.
            Out on the street later, I knew I had changed.
            It was like getting a new religion.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            What year were you born?
            What part of the country?
            Me: 1966 – So Cal – “The Valley”

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Same and Winnipeg.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yowsa!
            Good times.
            I wished I could give time-travel tours of the L.A. & Hollywood punk/post-punk/ and new wave scene from back then.

            Just forget that’s DLR in the picture.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            The Go-Go’s are still a guilty pleasure.
            Adam Carolla says on his podcast that you guys had an amazing radio station down there that played really good music no one else would.
            I wanna say KROC but I’m not sure.
            Anyway, I’m still jealous.
            We had to rely on tapes of Top of the Pops and BBC Top 40 that my best friend got from his cousins in England.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            KROQ transmitting from Pasadena, and 91X out of San Diego (actually transmitting from Mexico).
            I might have a big treat for you, if I can find a way to get it uploaded or linked.
            I have a bunch of decent quality “over the air” broadcasts from the early 1980’s (KROQ and 91X), so you can listen for yourself and see exactly how it was back in the day, commercials and all.
            1981-1987

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            It really would be great.
            Winnipeg radio in the eighties was a wasteland of classic rock and secretary pop.
            They kept so much from us that we had to go find on our own.
            I didn’t hear the Sex Pistols until 1982.
            Strangely, I heard the Dayglo’s and the Pink Fairies before them.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I’ll see what I can do.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Here ya go!
            https://anonfiles.com/file/1c4b4b4a61aa257a2e610863ffcef9da
            KROQ July 25, 1982
            Please let me know if the download works for you.
            Have fun playing in the DBN time machine!

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            And from the next day
            KROQ July 26 1982
            https://anonfiles.com/file/8bff6fa3f5638ade8f4dfa84ee9caad4

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            They’re not working, man.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Ah crap!
            OK, something else then tomorrow.
            Watch this space! 🙂

          • mauser 98

            Eddie!!!

  • Gaylord Ponce

    Considering the education these students get today, I can see why they want a raise in the minimum wage because that’s all they will be earning upon graduation.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      That’s Gold, Jerry! Gold!

  • jayme

    Why does not one of these groups call for a tax decrease.

  • moraywatson

    The minimum wage should be zero.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Leftists favour abortion.
      Yet, if you were to propose that anyone on welfare must abort when they can’t take care of any more kids, never mind the children they may already have the leftists would lose their fucking minds.

  • mauser 98

    shut down half of Canadian universities… paper factories

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    President of Lakehead University…$360,049 per year. c***ksucker makes 32x what I do.

  • Raising the minimum wage reduces productivity, the scrutiny of the cost of living/taxes and the potential workforce itself.

    Not that I would expect the brain-trusts in student unions to know this.

  • Justin St.Denis

    University student unions, let us thankfully remember, do not speak for the majority of university students. Unions and their spokespeople tend to be bullies, stupid and socially challenged. Most university students are merely ignorant.

    Having said all that, who bothers listening to anybody under 35 anymore, what with childhood lasting until 30+?

    • Stronger than Dirt

      Several years ago, at one of the many ‘poverty’ symposiums, student unions claimed they care about the poor but yet have no qualms on taking over all the local affordable housing. When it was suggested by a white male that the union encourage the ptb on campus to build more housing, the student union president became indignant, perhaps she was equally furious at at being spoken to by a mere mortal.