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Friday, July 27, 2007

Not smelly yet...

A ray of hope shone late Tuesday evening for those affected by the Vancouver civic strike.

The labour action, which covers everything from day camps and swimming pools to garbage collection and building permits, is only in its fourth day, but the impact is already been felt throughout the City.

The City of Richmond, which bargains separately from the rest of the GVRD municipalities, announced that it has come to a deal which would provide labour stability for five years - until 2011, long after both the Olympics and the civic election cycle have passed.

Although the terms of the agreement weren’t released publically, the media have been reporting it as a rich package and a five year contract.

This puts the City of Vancouver back to the table – they really don’t have a choice now that a junior muni to the south has cut a deal with one of the toughest negotiating unions on the block, CUPE.

The civic worker squabbling is based around a couple of key points: money and benefits, obviously, but also length of contract.

The City owes it to residents to have labour peace during the Olympics.

And CUPE wants to make sure that if the City is aiming for peace, it is going to have to pay through the nose for it.

And that is the key issue that the entire conflict centres around.

Place that big elephant in a council chamber that just voted to increase property taxes and add a smidgen (or dollop) of partisan point-taking by union-funded Cope and Vision Vancouver and you get a situation with the potential to last for months.

Fortunately, the City of Richmond pulled off a deal with its workers in the eleventh hour, which places a whole bunch of pressure on both CUPE and the City to move quickly and find a resolution.

There is nothing quite like pressure from the neighbours to get the deal done.

The first week or two of a civic strike is mostly inconvenience – seniors and kids missing their recreation centres, delays to receiving permits for new construction, slightly fuller garbage cans. But by the end of next week, if this thing drags on, our town will be getting smellier and much less “fun”.

Those of us around during the last strike in 1998 remember the swarms of flies that hunkered down around the city.

The teams in Richmond have shown us that it can be done. It will be expensive – but so will a strike in the middle of tourist season.

Both sides have spent the week taking shots at each other through the media – now it is time to get back to the table and sort it out.

5 Comments:

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CUPE is Canada's al-Qaeda! A whole owned cesspool of the progressive left, Liberal, commie.....

 
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At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a new theory which I will call The Coalescing Effect of Taxation.
I came up with this idea by working backwards, from effect to cause.

I will use the figure of $30,000
Let's say someone is refused a request for compensation
from The State because there was no merit to their case
for such monies. But then, the person has a very influential
friend who's contacts go to the highest level of The State.
Lo and behold, the grant is given to the person, with a little extra
than he was looking for, he gets $40,000.

That is a nice chunk of cash to receive for free, but
when he is criticized he just says, "Don't worry it's only
one cent from each of four million taxpayers."

So by this logic a $40,000 theft is insignificant, yet a sizeable amount of stolen
cash was received. A large moral crime should have a large moral consequence,
so working backwards, the reverse should be true. Therefore the $40,000 did not
come from a large group of people, but instead
it came from one person, and that person took a large financial hit.
Just by coincidence $40,000 taken from a MEDIAN income father is enough to
break up that family, tripping a series of dominoes that cause even 100
or 1000 times more damage to the victim people's lives.

You would need a Time Travel Machine to verify this theory.
At the beginning you watch 4 million people get taxed one penny each then you
take the Time Travel Machine one year forward and you would see
a father get laid off from his job. The weakest, least influential person
out of the 4 million would be the one to lose his job, because
of lack of funds of the company he works for.
In other words, all the pennies have COALESCED over time into one large amount.

If you took the Time Travel Machine back one year to the beginning,
but this time there was no taxation of one penny for 4 million people.
Then you Take the Time Travel Machine forward one year and
you would see everything the "same", no unemployed father, no
broken home.

This of course is a simplified example. But it's based on a real
story, I saw a Thief Businessman do this with $8,000,000
- thats 200 families ruined.
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I'm suggesting that most or all free-marketers would agree that
$40,000 or more damage would be created by the tax-theft. They would still
argue that each payer of the tax would have to suffer a little bit and the
damage would add up to $40,000 or more. But what I'm saying
is no, the damage is concentrated on one or a few people, the
rest are able to maintain their income somehow ( borrowing, etc. ).
If the proposer of a "small" tax were able to see the real damage
they cause to a few people's lives they would realise what
great theives and criminals they are.

 
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