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I've seen good unions and bad unions, and the STM maintenance workers union strikes me as a bad union. They went on an illegal strike a few years back, crippling the metro system, and settled out of court with the city for a piddly $2 off one month's CAM. Now, they're at the plate, asking for an inflation-plus wage deal, while city workers are already one-third ahead of provincial ones and the private sector. Their argument: the city is planning on updating their job descriptions to make better use of the people they have, and give them about 6.1% in raises between now and 2010, and this is not enough — they should be liberally compensated for the city trying to divvy up the work so that it gets done efficiently. Demanding compensation from the city for (gasp) management while the city is cash-strapped and offering them raises anyway sounds like a high demand that should devolve to accepting the city's offer or something like it, not something so desperately needed that the public should be subjected to a strike.

I probably won't be in Montreal when the compensation comes out, if it does (the union isn't contemplating walking out illegally this time), but I futilely hope transit-using Montrealers, particularly ones with weird shifts that won't be reasonably accommodated by the rush-hour-only service, get to tear a strip off the union for their greed and sense of entitlement: get them to pay for the days they wreck, one thirtieth of the price of a CAM for every day they're on strike.

Date: 2007-05-15 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
21st century unions in first-world countries are generally not good unions. Most of the rights that people need are written into the Labour Code, Labour Standards Act, and the Civil Code of Quebec... and most first-world labour laws are similar, as far as I know. The only union I can see doing any good, or championing any just cause, is the Teachers.

But hey, I've taken economics and business law, I'm sure I'd have a different opinion if I'd majored in Political Science, or Concordia's special degree in Pointless Activism.

Date: 2007-05-17 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
when is this strike supposed to happen?

Date: 2007-05-17 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
and i'm assuming from your montreal post, and this user icon, that it's only during non-peak hours?

(sorry. i don't know where to get more info)

Date: 2007-05-18 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hmm. i catch the blue line at snowdon at 8:50, and the orange at jean-talon at 9:05... guess i'll have to get up just a -tad- earlier. ;)


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