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Ontario paid total of $2.5-million to teachers’ unions
The Ontario government secretly paid $1-million to a second teachers’ union to buy labour peace, The Globe and Mail has learned. The province agreed to give the Ontario English Catholic…
Teachers  education  privatization  negotiations  unions 
october 2015 by jerryking
Why firefighters are underworked and overpaid
It’s good to be a firefighter, especially if you live in a small town. You’re one of the best-paid guys around. You get lots and lots of time off to go fishing or hunting or run your…
wages-and-salaries  firefighting  overpaid  public_sector  unions 
may 2015 by jerryking
NDP win fits historic pattern - The Globe and Mail
JEFFREY SIMPSON
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 07 2015,

Alberta was growing fast until recently. Having so much money, PC governments siphoned much of it into public services. On a per capita basis, for example, Alberta spends the most on health care (along with Newfoundland), and yet demands for even more spending never relented. The province needed more schools, more university and college places, more police, more roads, more of everything. As these services expanded, so did the number and clout of public-sector unions, who formed the spine of the NDP’s victory on Tuesday and to which the new Premier, Rachel Notley, will now be beholden. They will expect some degree of munificence from her, and she will be hard-pressed, given the province’s straitened fiscal circumstances, to accede to all of their demands.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Alberta  elections  NDP  Preston_Manning  public_service  public_sector  unions  history  reform  provincial_governments  Wildrose  Rachel_Notley  creeping_normality  complacency  Ralph_Klein  dynasties  populism 
may 2015 by jerryking
Our Police Union Problem - NYTimes.com
MAY 2, 2015| NYT | Ross Douthat.

Criticism of public sector unions has not always extended to the police, a group conservatives are often loath to criticize.
police  unions  public_sector  conservatism  criticism  police_unions 
may 2015 by jerryking
Toronto’s school board isn’t just troubled. It’s rotten - The Globe and Mail
MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 16 2015

It is just as hard to imagine how a government that balks at breaking up a ridiculous and wholly unnecessary commercial monopoly such as the Beer Store is going to undertake a root-and-branch reform of the country’s biggest school board. Yet that is what is called for – nothing less.

The problem at the TDSB goes far beyond a few trustees with swollen heads. The rot at the board is deeper than that. Teachers’ unions and custodians’ unions have far too much power, individual teachers and principals far too little. The dead hand of the education bureaucracy stifles innovation and creativity.
TDSB  education  mediocrity  Marcus_Gee  mismanagement  schools  performance  bureaucracies  dysfunction  reform  root-and-branch  unions  autonomy  leadership 
january 2015 by jerryking
Today’s Titans Can Learn From Fall of U.S. Steel - NYTimes.com
JULY 3, 2014 | NYT |By FLOYD NORRIS.

it was the run-up to that strike, as well as the eventual terms of the settlement, that paved the way for the decline of the company and the industry it led. The episode opened the door for surging imports and eventually for wage increases that the companies could ill afford...The United States economy is no longer so dependent on heavy manufacturing, a development that would have taken place even if the men running U.S. Steel had far more foresight than they did. But they might have coped with it far better than they did. They might have found a way to better use newer technology that enabled companies like Nucor, which remains in the S.&P. 500 and whose market value is four times that of U.S. Steel, to prosper making steel.

More broadly, the descent of U.S. Steel from all powerful to also-ran might be worth contemplating by those who now seem to be astride the world economy, a list that could include companies in Wall Street, Silicon Valley and China.

Michelle Applebaum, a now-retired steel analyst whom I have relied upon for insights since the 1980s, when she was at Salomon Brothers, says that one reason the 1959 strike proved disastrous for the big steel companies was that it showed customers they had choices...When the strike did end, workers received minimal wage increases, but they also obtained a cost-of-living provision to ensure that wages and benefits kept up with inflation. That would prove to be valuable for them in later years. Steel users had learned how to deal with imported steel, a lesson they did not forget.
steel  lessons_learned  '60s  unions  labour  S&P  JFK  strikes  history  Salomon_Brothers  U.S._Steel  cost-of-living  Nucor  imports  research_analysts  foresight  decline 
july 2014 by jerryking
Why crime is plunging but police costs are soaring - The Globe and Mail
Margaret Wente

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Apr. 17 2014

Orangeville’s police force is the highest-paid in Ontario. Of the 34 municipal employees who made more than $100,000 last year, 14 are cops. Another seven are firefighters. hat’s the way it is across much of Canada. The cops and firefighters are taking home the biggest paycheques in town. While other public-sector salaries are frozen, their pay is rising faster than inflation. And the cost is eating small-town budgets alive.
Margaret_Wente  Ontario  public_sector  criminality  pensions  unions  police_unions  overpaid 
april 2014 by jerryking
Lives Lived: Muriel Jean Collins, 80 - The Globe and Mail
JEFF ROSE

Contributed to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Apr. 04 2014
unions  Afro-Guyanese  obituaries  women 
april 2014 by jerryking
globeadvisor.com: Labour costs in spotlight as grocery wars shift to front lines
October 1, 2013 | Report on Business |MARINA STRAUSS.

Grocers are grappling with consolidation, as well as essentially zero inflation this year, forcing them to try to reduce costs, said Sylvain Charlebois, a food policy professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario. "Margins are very tight," he said.
Marina_Strauss  retailers  grocery  supermarkets  unions  Loblaws  Metro  Wal-Mart  Target  Sobeys  Safeway  UFCW  Sylvain_Charlebois 
october 2013 by jerryking
The Long, Sorry Tale of Pension Promises - WSJ.com
September 20, 2013 | WSJ | By ROGER LOWENSTEIN

The Long, Sorry Tale of Pension Promises
How did states and cities get into this mess? It's a simple case of human frailty; where to go from here

Pension benefits aren't paid out of thin air; sponsors are supposed to set aside a sum of money proportional to the benefits that will eventually come due. If the money is invested prudently, the fund will have enough assets to meet its obligations.

Here's the rub: While Studebaker was nominally increasing benefits, it hadn't the slightest hope of making the requisite contributions. The "increases" were a fiction, but when you have no cash, promising future benefits is the best you can do, whereas raising salaries is out of the question. The United Auto Workers was complicit in this fiction. Union officials reckoned that it was better to tell the members they had won an "increase" rather than to admit that their employer was going bust.....Public pensions—and here we come back to our current straits—replicated this behavior. Cops, firefighters and teachers had pensions well before most private-sector workers, but benefits weren't so high as to cause a problem, since government employers unilaterally set benefit levels (as well as salaries) without resorting to anything as unpleasant as collective bargaining....Before we get more Detroits, or more Studebakers, the federal government should enact an Erisa (with teeth) for public employers. More simply, it could announce that local governments that fail to make timely and adequate contributions to their pension plans would lose the right to sell bonds on a tax-free basis. That would get their attention.

The point isn't to punish public retirees. The point is that, when governments make contractual promises, they ought to fund them.
pension_funds  Roger_Lowenstein  liabilities  human_frailties  unions  public_sector  public_servants  public_pensions 
september 2013 by jerryking
The Model for the March on Washington - WSJ.com
August 27, 2013 | WSJ | By PAUL MORENO

On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington, Americans should pause to remember A. Philip Randolph, an unsung father of the struggle for civil-rights. Randolph's "March on Washington Movement" helped make the 1963 march possible. In early 1941, the U.S. was building its defenses for a possible war abroad even as it tried to remain neutral in an escalating conflict. In response, Randolph threatened to have 100,000 African-Americans march on Washington to protest discrimination in the armed services and defense industries. President Franklin D. Roosevelt feared that such a massive display of dissent would show America to be deeply divided.

Randolph, a militant socialist, led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, an all-black labor union whose members helped expand the horizons of a still-largely Southern and rural black populace. He demanded that President Roosevelt integrate the armed forces and prohibit defense contractors from making hiring decisions based on race.
Washington_D.C.  MLK  anniversaries  civil_rights  tributes  protest_movements  A._Philip_Randolph  unions  African-Americans 
september 2013 by jerryking
A radical idea for union leaders: partnership - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 19 2013 |The Globe and Mail | Konrad Yakabuski

Unions know they have an image problem, but just can’t seem to shake their old habits. A secret CAW-CEP discussion paper prepared last year identified the “growing negative public opinion of unions, and the view that unions are self-interested and outdated” as one of the factors requiring a radical rethinking of the union movement’s overall strategy.
unions  mergers_&_acquisitions  partnerships  Konrad_Yakabuski  radical_ideas 
august 2013 by jerryking
The Workers Defense Project, a Union in Spirit - NYTimes.com
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Published: August 10, 2013
for Eden.
The Workers Defense Project is one of 225 worker centers nationwide aiding many of the country’s 22 million immigrant workers. The centers have sprouted up largely because labor unions have not organized in many fields where immigrants have gravitated, like restaurants, landscaping and driving taxis. And there is another reason: many immigrants feel that unions are hostile to them. Some union members say that immigrants, who are often willing to work for lower wages, are stealing their jobs. ....Worker centers, which are among the most vigorous champions of overhauling immigration laws, coalesce around issues or industries....With labor unions losing members and influence, these centers are increasingly seen as an important alternative form of workplace advocacy, although no one expects them to be nearly as effective as unions in winning raises, pensions or paid vacations....“Worker centers are part of the broad scramble of how to improve things for workers outside the traditional union/collective bargaining context. They’ve become little laboratories of experimentation.”
labor  labour  unions  immigrants  workplaces  construction 
august 2013 by jerryking
Why America's hated: all that and more from your teachers union
December 6, 2001 | G&M – Page A25 | Margaret Wente

Doug Little teaches high-school history at Rosedale Heights in Toronto. He's
also the editor of his union newsletter, which goes out to 6,500 t...
Margaret_Wente  unions  anti-Americanism  schools  teachers  anti-Semitism  public_sector 
march 2013 by jerryking
Teachers’ unions are obsolete
Jan. 12 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Margaret Wente.
Wherever you live in Canada, whatever party your provincial government happens to belong to, strife in the schools is about to become a way of life. The public-sector pie is shrinking, and everybody on the public payroll will have to take a hit. That’s why Ontario’s education-friendly government cracked down on the teachers. If they’re not reined in, everybody else will fight back, too. More than 1.1-million people in Ontario – civil servants, social workers, nurses, teachers, police, garbage collectors – are on the public payroll; their collective paycheque amounts to around $58-billion a year.

The case for public-sector unions is arguable at the best of times. Public employees are supposed to behave in the public interest. But the more entrenched and powerful their unions become, the more money they are able to extract in the form of raises, bankable sick days, job security, generous pensions, rigid work rules, and the like. The unions’ job is to act in the interest of their members, which is inevitably contrary to the broader interests of the public. Politicians are happy to comply because the public purse is bottomless (until it’s not). Politicians are supposed to bargain on behalf of all the citizens. But the citizens don’t have unions.
Margaret_Wente  unions  Ontario  teachers  public_sector  Salman_Khan  Khan_Academy  Queen’s_Park 
january 2013 by jerryking
TDSB workers used public funds for personal business, manager says - The Globe and Mail
KATE HAMMER - EDUCATION REPORTER

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Dec. 20 2012
TDSB  corruption  unions  skilled_trades 
december 2012 by jerryking
In Praise of Organized Labor
June 1, 2005 | Business 2.0 |By Jeffrey Pfeffer.

Pferrer's position is that his job is to provide managers with the information they need to make better, more profitable decisions. And I'm here to tell you that the evidence on the role unions play in the workplace belies many common preconceptions....Studies in a variety of industries from retail to airlines have shown that unionization leads to higher pay, which in turn attracts higher-quality employees and reduces costly turnover. Collective bargaining also institutionalizes communication between bosses and workers, while employee involvement in establishing working conditions provides more workplace control for frontline staff.
unions  healthcare  organized_labour 
may 2012 by jerryking
Police unions are taking us to the cleaners - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 01, 2011
unions  Margaret_Wente  police_force  Toronto 
november 2011 by jerryking
In Ontario, we're bugs headed for an economic windshield - The Globe and Mail
MARGARET WENTE | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2011

Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal government has used up all its best ideas (and, let’s hope, its worst ones). Mr. McGuinty doesn’t really deserve to win again. But neither does Tim Hudak, the Conservative, whose campaign has failed to impress. Mr. McGuinty is boring and relatively innocuous. Mr. Hudak is boring and relatively unknown. The result probably will be a saw-off, which means that both of them will have to cozy up to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. She doesn’t really have a platform, but she’s basking in the glow of Jack Layton’s halo.
Margaret_Wente  unions  Ontario  elections  Dalton_McGuinty  Tim_Hudak  halo_effects  economic_crisis  Andrea_Horwath  public_sector 
october 2011 by jerryking
Steven Brill: Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools - WSJ.com
AUGUST 13, 2011 | WSJ |By STEVEN BRILL

Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools
Extraordinary educators are rare and often burn out. To save our
schools, says Steven Brill, we have to demand more from ordinary
teachers and their unions....Reforming America's troubled education
system requires a new commitment to training teachers and holding them
accountable for their performance, says Steven Brill, author of "Class
Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools." But how do you push
them to perform without burning them out? And what role should the
unions play in this process? Brill discusses with Weekend Review Editor
Gary Rosen.
teaching  teachers  unions  charter_schools  Steven_Brill  accountability  books 
august 2011 by jerryking
The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse - BusinessWeek
May 26, 2011, 5:00PM EST
The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse
Delivery of first-class mail is falling at a staggering rate. Facing
insolvency, can the USPS reinvent itself like European services have—or
will it implode?

By Devin Leonard
unions  bureaucracies  postal_services  USPS 
may 2011 by jerryking
DeMaurice Smith Takes On the N.F.L. Owners - NYTimes.com
By SRIDHAR PAPPU
January 22, 2011

As a corporate lawyer at Patton Boggs, the high-powered Washington firm,
Mr. Smith dealt with companies that were either “in crisis or were
about to be.” As a candidate for the N.F.L.P.A. job, he composed what he
called “Playbook: An Enterprise Philosophy to Maximize the Business and
Political Interest of the N.F.L.P.A.” “About 60 percent of it,” he
said, “was envisioning what the chances were of a lockout and what to do
to prepare for it.”

It was a useful exercise. “The only bad thing is that everything we
thought and contemplated the league would do they’ve done,” Mr. Smith
said.
anticipating  creating_valuable_content  crisis_management  enterprise_clients  event-driven  labour  lawyers  negotiations  NFL  playbooks  preparation  sports  troubleshooting  turnarounds  unions 
january 2011 by jerryking
Rivals Secretly Finance Opposition to Wal-Mart - WSJ.com
JUNE 7, 2010 |WSJ | By ANN ZIMMERMAN. Rival Chains Secretly
Fund Opposition to Wal-Mart. Saint Consulting Group is a specialist at
fighting proposed Wal-Marts, and it uses tactics it describes as "black
arts." Mr. Saint, a former newspaper reporter and political press
secretary, founded his firm 26 years ago. It specializes in using
political-campaign tactics—petition drives, phone banks, websites—to
build support for or against controversial projects, from oil refineries
and shopping centers to quarries and landfills. Over the years, it has
conducted about 1,500 campaigns in 44 states. Mr. Saint says about 500
have involved trying to block a development, and most of those have been
clandestine.
Wal-Mart  competitive_intelligence  retailers  clandestine  big-box  unions  countermeasures  counternarratives  political_campaigns  controversies  oil_refiners  dark_side  sophisticated  power_to_obstruct 
june 2010 by jerryking
Paul Ingrassia: The Lessons of the GM Bankruptcy - WSJ.com
JUNE 1, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by PAUL INGRASSIA.
Everybody knew it was ridiculous and unsustainable to pay UAW workers
not to work.
boards_&_directors_&_governance  automotive_industry  GM  Ford_Motor_Co.  moral_hazards  bailouts  unions  UAW 
june 2010 by jerryking
Welcome home, Mr. MacIsaac
Jan 29, 2000 | The Globe and Mail pg. A.28 | by Murray Campbell. "

Executive members of the Toronto Police Association have
received advice from the Police Labor Institute, a Texas-based
organization whose motto is: "Change comes from power and power comes
from organization." Its director, Ron DeLord, is also president of the
16,000-member Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. The
institute holds annual seminars on "power, politics and confrontation,"
where for $335 (U.S.) police unionists learn "how to become real power
brokers in the community.""
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Bill Maher October 5, 2018.

Real power isn't about making a scene or what makes you feel good. Power begets power.
change  confrontations  ProQuest  Murray_Campbell  organized_labour  police_force  political_power  power  unions  quotes  police_unions  self-interest  interests  organizational_structure  power_brokers  systematic_approaches  Toronto_Police_Association 
may 2010 by jerryking
Shikha Dalmia: Dave Bing's Last-Second Shot - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 6, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by SHIKHA DALMIA.
"Our people [city workers] need to understand that entitlement is gone,"
Mr. Bing told the Detroit News in August. "There are people who think
we are job providers. We're service providers."
Dave_Bing  Detroit  urban  unions  public_sector  urban_decline  entitlements  mindsets 
november 2009 by jerryking
An Interview with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - WSJ.com
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The AFL-CIO's new president on card check, health reform and the challenges facing the union movement.

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labour  unions 
september 2009 by jerryking
Indie Energy and Local 150 IUOE Ink Agreement for Green Energy and Green Jobs in Chicago Area
Anonymous. PR Newswire. New York: Dec 11, 2008. The U.S. (EPA)
calls geothermal the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and
cost-effective space conditioning system available. By combining design
engineering w. specialized drilling technology & full system build
scope, Indie Energy delivers turnkey systems that deliver dramatic
reductions in operating costs while eliminating greenhouse gas
emissions. In order to make geothermal feasible within the constraints
of the urban environment, IE has developed specialized engineering and
drilling technologies. For the 1st time, it's possible to develop
large-scale urban geothermal building sys. that save between 50% and 80%
of HVAC costs in commercial, residential, and public bldgs. The
Geothermal Agreement between Local 150 and Indie Energy will accelerate
the adoption and implementation of Indie Energy Systems in new buildings
and major retrofit projects through a skilled labor pool and training
synergies.
geothermal  geoexchange  unions  Indie_Energy  organized_labour  green 
february 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com - I can see the economic downturn from here
December 13, 2008 G&M article by Anthony Reinhart on the
impact the economic downturn is having on Toronto's construction trades.

December 13, 2008
Toronto  economic_development  construction  unions  organized_labour  Anthony_Reinhart 
january 2009 by jerryking

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