You say that was all in the past but it isn't.
But it is in the past in that everyone has to deal with it.
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Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:31 PM
And that's fine, but it doesn't change the reality of your situation.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:55 PM
Because Trades aren't valued very much in High Schools.
It's one of my great laments that I wasn't told in my teenage days that these careers would be recession proof. Now I stand here in my early 30's in an industry that I probably won't be able to stay in in the next few years.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:01 PM
Unions cannot exist without government protection therefore they really have no right to complain when the government restricts the actions they are allowed to take. They still have the right to bargain - just not the right to disrupt the lives of thousands of innocent people.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:04 PM
Companies don't go bust because of their employees. The pilots could take a 50% cut and it wouldn't save the company. Pilots took cuts in wages and benefits of around 25% during CCAA and haven't had a raise since. The employee groups gave the company relief from its pension obligations till 2014. Compare that to executive compensation. They then watched ACE sell off billions worth of the companies most profitable assets, distribute the proceeds to its own shareholders and bail. That is the biggest reason Air Canada is where it is today.
Great spin for the company though. Blame the pilots. Perfect when government is also willing to do its dirty work for them.
Truth be known, there is always some scheduled flying that isn't crewed and can't be covered by available reserves. The company relies on what amounts to overtime to get it done either by pilots asking for extra flying or by drafting. All the pilots would have to do as a group is not request extra flying and not answer the phone. They wouldn't have to phone in sick. There is something about pilots though that doesn't make them effective unionists and companies are quick to exploit it.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:08 PM
So the IRB said this was illegal, according to the reporter on the National.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 06:10 PM
Also on the National, Air Canada has cut $500M in expenses this year alone.
Edited by Jack Weber, 13 April 2012 - 06:10 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:03 PM
"History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free and civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as their religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose."
Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:07 PM
Conservatives believe in a free-market. Unless it's the labour market. Then they believe in monopolies and interventionism.