For public sector unions, the enemy is you… Or why Wynne remains in power in Ontario

Laval University professor Stephen Gordon makes a telling point in a recent column on the state of Canada’s labour unions.

“More than 60 per cent of union members outside Quebec (and 52 per cent in Quebec) work in the public sector,” he writes. “The workforce is becoming increasingly polarized into two groups: non-unionized private-sector workers and unionized public-sector workers. More than five out of every six Canadian workers fall into one of these two categories.”

Gordon’s point is that with unions so heavily concentrated among employees on the public payroll, Canadians may increasingly see them as a force for the entrenched privileges those workers enjoy: guaranteed pensions, generous benefits, superior job protection, etc.

But there’s also this: while unions enjoy portraying themselves as a bulwark of fairness against the pervasive greed of the one per cent, their real target is rarely Canada’s wealthy. The pain of their actions is overwhelmingly inflicted on fellow wage-earners, not the rich.

  • simus1

    Thieving public sector union leaders negotiating with thieving politicians and thieving Public Service execs is not exactly a level playing field when the taxpayers are handed the bill.

    • Waffle

      Pigeons are now coming home to roost. Check out the school bus driver fiasco and watch (if you can stand the agony) our “free’ health care system disintegrate Oh, and better get your ear plugs in place as the summer Hydro bills are opened.

    • Alain

      Exactly which is why public sector unions should not be allowed. In a private business management must negotiate with their own money and therefore know what is possible and what is not possible when it comes to union demands. In government those negotiating have no stake in the outcome as it is not their money.

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  • UCSPanther

    I never thought I would see the day when groups like the Pinkerton Mercenaries (Legendary Union busters) of old could potentially be seen as “heroes of the people”…

    What a bizarre world we live in…

  • JaedoDrax

    The number of public sector employees jumped 57,000 in August, while the
    number of private sector jobs increased 8,300. The number of
    self-employed workers slipped by 39,100.

    From Toronto Sun today reporting on the Jobs report from stats canada