LETTERS: ‘Shame’ is not on the mayor
Re: History-making strikers target mayor, May 6.
One unionized City of White Rock employee told Peace Arch News she is shocked that the City of White Rock hasn’t simply caved into CUPE demands in their current contract negotiations.
As is typical with union workers these days, anything they decide they would like to have is presented by the union spin doctors as being their ‘right,’ trumpeted as being only ‘fair’ and presented as being the employer’s inherent financially responsibility.
In this case, this happens to be disability insurance.
Having been a unionized government employee for 24 years, the worker quoted seems to be oblivious to what workers in the real world would do in her situation. They would go out and buy it themselves.
Meanwhile union local president Mike Guraliuk climbs up onto his soapbox and yells “shame” into a megaphone while being supported by of a bunch of rental protestors in front of city hall.
Indignation is expressed towards the mayor of White Rock for the city not having simply capitulated to the union at every turn in their current contract negotiations.
Shameless public-relations stunts like this can be expected to continue ad nauseam as long as the strike drags on and the union thinks it will gain them some public support.
Kudos to Mayor Wayne Baldwin for taking a common-sense approach to this issue and speaking up for the beleaguered taxpayers of this community.
Glen Gerow, White Rock