The many union strikes that we had in the past, and the latest one of the teachers here in our province, brings up one question: why is it mandatory for some sectors of the workplaces in this country to belong to a union?
We are mostly all immigrants to this beautiful country of ours. As such, we have brought many innovations and rules with us from the old country. In the old country, no matter where, union membership was, and is, totally voluntary. One can work for the government or on construction sites without being a union member. To join, or not to join, a union is totally up to the individual and voluntary. In Canada, it is a must to join the union in certain work places. This is absolutely wrong and needs to be changed.
Hopefully this outdated Mafia-created law will be changed in the near future by our governments to make life better for everyone, not only for union members.
Unions definitely were a needed institution in the past for the protection of the workers, who sometimes operated in dangerous working conditions. This all changed aeons ago, but we still hang on to this totally outdated institution.
As we have seen lately, and many times before, unions are not interested in the good of the whole community.
The unions’ motto is, and has always been, if we don’t get what we’re asking for, screw you all, we strike. To hold everyone hostage is not the way a civilized society should work. And please, don’t tell us you’re doing this for our kids.
We remember very well when it was only for the one per cent wage increase at the beginning of the strike. When I grew up, we had never less then 50 students in our class and we still learned and progressed.
There are many great and excellent teachers out there who do not believe in strike action at all. Why are they forced to go on a picket line? We mostly know who you are and we respect you deeply.
How can our children have any respect for teachers that stamp their feet to get what they want?
Much misery is created by the unions here for absolutely no reason, for the teachers, for the parents and the children.
Heinz Nitschke, Uxbridge