We’ve previously written on the folly of the provincial Conservatives in pursuing American-style labour legislation that would erode the standard of living for most Ontarians.
Making most of us poorer will not help Ontario reduce health care costs – studies looking at the social determinants of health suggests the opposite to be true. Lower wages also means less tax revenue to pay for hospitals, home care, nursing homes and mental health.
This week OPSEU is sending a film crew to the United States to examine the social and economic impact of such State legislation.
The film crew will be led by former CBC foreign correspondent Bill Gillespie, a veteran journalist who has reported from such hot spots as Afghanistan, Chechnya and Iraq.
A BLOG has been set up to follow their journey and preview what may come to pass in Ontario if a Conservative government is elected in the next provincial election.
Click here to view “Road Talk.”
The Ontario PCs have staked out a far-right position on labour with the release Wednesday of their white paper “Paths to Prosperity: Flexible Labour Markets.”
For Ontario’s heavily organized health care sector, this is a ‘sit up and pay attention moment,’ even if the Tories chose to do it in the summer months when most are paying less attention to the goings-on at Queen’s Park.
The Tories evidently believe the path to the 21st century lies in the 19th century as they undermine the power of working people to get organized, seek reasonable wages, and expect fair treatment within the workplace.
For example, it is a head scratcher how ending source dues deductions would increase prosperity, unless they are counting the number of people Ontario’s unions would have to hire to process and collect dues invoices from tens of thousands of individual members. And the cost of all that inefficiency would be borne by the workers themselves.
Hands up those who would prefer to receive a monthly dues invoice to remit rather than having the cost simply deducted from source?
Does Hudak intend to do the same for United Way donations, Canada Savings Bonds, income taxes, employment insurance and other deductions that come off our paycheques?