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?