Finally, a Toronto Mayor who looks out for the Toronto taxpayer and who actually makes logical decisions.
Toronto's Super Mayor Rob Ford will look to end the sweetheart contract clause of "Jobs for life" for the 13,000 Toronto City workers, a move that's been a long time coming.
"Jobs for life" is a ridiculous concept which makes absolutely no sense, and is completely unaffordable especially in a time of recession. Torontonians are being taxed beyond recognition, and as much as the Union would like to try and manipulate Torontonians with the rhetoric around people going after other people's jobs & job security and that this is the rich targeting the elimination of the middle class (oh, give me a break!), the reality is that the Union simply priced themselves out of work. In terms of feeling sympathy for the Union, their past behaviour made that boat sail a long time ago.
Here's the story from the Toronto Star:
Ford targets 'jobs for life' security with city unions
City of Toronto negotiators will push hard to strip city workers of “jobs for life” contract guarantees, says Councillor Doug Ford, setting his brother’s administration on a collision course with the city’s unions.
The bold push aimed at opening the door to widespread contracting-out of services, including cleaning and grass-cutting, dramatically elevates the risk of a lockout or strike after the CUPE Local 416’s contract expires Dec. 31, say political and labour observers.
Certain contract provisions guarantee any member whose job is contracted-out another equal or lower position with the city.
In a brief telephone interview with the Star on Wednesday, the brother and closest adviser of Mayor Rob Ford said: “We’re going to target ‘jobs for life’ whenever we can, because nobody should have a job for life.
“I can tell you we’ll go after it in every negotiation we can. I can’t say we’ll be successful, but I can say we’ll give it one hell of a try.”
Ford’s team said the job-security contract clauses are the only thing preventing them from contracting out pick-up city-wide.
Doug Holyday, the deputy mayor and chair of the city’s labour relations committee, sounded cautious about tackling the thorny issue.
Holyday noted that, in 2002, then-mayor Mel Lastman triggered a 16-day strike by trying to water down job-security provisions that guaranteed permanent workers with 10 years’ service couldn’t lose their jobs to outsourcing. Queen’s Park forced arbitration that strengthened the job security language.
In 2005, Mayor David Miller extended the contract provision to all permanent employees.
David Doorey, a professor of employment and labour law at York University, is predicting the job security battle will trigger either a lockout or a strike in 2012, and the Ford administration will try to hire private contractors to pick up the trash.
I completely agree 100% with Doug Ford that there is absolutely no justification for "jobs for life" in today's world. The only way that a job should be guaranteed is through performance and availability. If you are a high performer, and if the position is available, then you should be able to keep your job. If an employer can find someone else to perform the same job at either a lower price, or at a higher rate of performance for the same price, then you should be gone. Improve yourself or fall behind, I mean, that is a basic concept in a forward moving/thinking society.
Not to mention that having a clause which forces the City to provide replacement jobs for workers who have no business or experience in performing those replacement jobs, is truly a recipe for disaster. It's already a mission to get anything done by the city and it takes far longer and costs far more than it should. Then you want to fill certain positions with workers who have no experience or knowledge performing the roles?? That's not hiring the best people for the job. That's not ensuring that Toronto gets the top tier of services for Torontonians who break their backs paying constantly rising taxes. That is mediocrity, a term that has become synonymous with the Toronto City Workers' Unions.
The Unions can bitch and cry and whine, and frankly, Torontonians just don't give a damn anymore. There have been countless times that Toronto has asked its workers to take one for the team, and every single time the Unions have given Torontonians the finger. When the Unions were striking in the past, did they care about how that would impact other Torontonians' ability to get to work or to access their jobs? Did they care about the impact it would have on other Torontonians' lives? No they didn't. Yet, they expect us to have sympathy for them? This is it. This was coming, and if you didn't expect it Unionites, then you truly are ignorant.
Strikes... Yes, yes, strikes... You know what? BRING IT! Torontonians, make sure you take advantage of all city services that you require asap, because there will be strikes and this time we're in it for the long haul.
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