Saturday, April 29, 2006

Unions do it

When I read about how the public service union wants to increase its dues so it can replenish its strike fund, I was impressed. I think governments can learn from their approach.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is seeking a special $5-a month levy from its members to replenish a depleted strike fund before a contract showdown with the federal government next year.

The call from the largest federal union comes five years after members forked over the biggest dues increase in PSAC's history to stave off bankruptcy.

Now, the union has been forced to ask members for another lifeline to rebuild the strike fund emptied by a 2004 general strike that wasn't universally supported by the rank and file.

The proposed levy will be one of the main issues for 800 delegates and observers to wrestle with at the union's triennial convention, which begins in Toronto this weekend, but most expect it will pass with little opposition.

I'm not really interested in the inside-baseball of union financial problems. What I liked was that they identified a problem -- money woes -- and put together a plan to go back to the people for a free vote. Why can't governments do that? Why do we have tax increases forced down our throats by lying politicians?

18 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

Why do we have tax increases forced down our throats by lying politicians?

For the same reason we have spending cuts forced down our throats by lying politicians. Neither are popular even when necessary.

R.S. Porter said...

Ooh, ooh, let me in on the action.

Why do we have proposed social and economic--and thus tax--increases forced down our throats by moonbat insane hypocritical politicians?

David MacLean said...

Porter, you're a credit to the movement!

R.S. Porter said...

I'm sensing some sarcasm...

But, I'm going to take it as a compliment anyway. You may not like my support, but you'll get it anyway.

If I only serve to be McClelland's antithesis, then I'll rest easy in that.

Robert McClelland said...

Porter, you're a credit to the movement!

He is if you're referring to a bowel movement.

R.S. Porter said...

He is if you're referring to a bowel movement.

That wasn't even witty. If you're going to attempt to insult me, then you're going to need better material. "Movement" to "bowel movement" that's pretty clever. Some of your retorts are interesting, but you delved deep within for that one.

David MacLean said...

No sarcasm there, porter.

David MacLean said...

I actually thought that was kind of funny, though. As hysterically out of touch Robert is.

David MacLean said...

I actually can't wait to see these so-called spending cuts. I will believe it when I see it. We can start with the gun registry, bombardier and the TV Fund. Just for starters.

R.S. Porter said...

If that gun registry isn't killed it will be a shame forever on the Harper government.

Maybe you can, Mr. MacLean, but I can't think of a single bigger waste of money. Not necessarily in terms of the amount of taxpayer's money wasted (I’m sure there are much bigger), but in terms of what the money actually accomplished—which would be nothing.

Robert McClelland said...

You rubes have no credibility when you talk about government waste because you overlook the biggest waste of all; the $37 billion being sucked up by interest on the federal debt. You're busy swatting at flies while the elephant is crushing your face with its ass.

David MacLean said...

Robert, you have no understanding of our history as an organization. The debt was a big part of what got us started.

Sask.taxpayers Federation said...

You got started to boost up support for a badly tarnished Tory party. So don't give us any of your B.S. that you stand up for the real taxpayers.

R.S. Porter said...

So don't give us any of your B.S. that you stand up for the real taxpayers.

Would you care to back up that revisionist history?

Besides, since when are conservatives not 'real' taxpayers?

Robert McClelland said...

The debt was a big part of what got us started.

Then it's a shame the CTF has abandoned that in favour of promoting the Conservative's populist policies. Maybe if the CTF returned its roots this could become a reality.

The Austrian said...

Pay down the debt?

Some people have got to crack open some books and learn some macroeconomics. A federal debt is not the same as the debt you and I incur via credit cards and mortgage payments. It's a totally different creature altogether.

BTW, running a small deficit is OK provided the economy grows at a rate faster than the growth of the debt. This of course can only be accomplished with laissez-faire economic policies and a smaller government.

Scott Hennig said...

Robert, you are correct the debt it a huge issue and if you check out: http://www.taxpayer.com/pdf/Top_20_Wish_List.pdf

You will see #3 is "legislated debt-repayment schedule".

It worked in Alberta and would work federally. So don't think for a second the CTF has abandoned supporting paying off our debt.

maryjane said...

Scott Hennig... But you have abandoned the idea of the elimination of subsidies to CTF special interest supporters to facilitate debt reduction.

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