http://www.nationalpost.com/opinion/sto ... id=1902982Paul Moist, National Post
In these pages and in other media, the issue of contracting out city services -- most recently garbage collection -- has been bandied about as a way to punish unionized public sector workers for everything from striking and costing too much to "monopolizing" the public sector. Some columnists, such as Lawrence Solomon, even contend that public sector workers weigh too much -- or so he alleged in a Financial Post piece this month when he claimed that private sector workers "tend to be fitter" than public sector workers.
I had thought to write a letter to the editor about this one but decided instead to just stick with what I know best, a Rant. They also limit how much you can type and I don't suffer such shackles in this environment.
Paul Moist is the national president of the Canadian Union of public Employees. The public sector unions butter his bread. I love how Union bosses have to start every fight with an insult, or observation of some perceived insult. As I said over, and over again. Unions have to have us fighting, if we don't fight they don't have jobs, they don't drive Escalades.
As a sidebar in the Vancouver Sun today readers were treated to the news that unions (the list was mostly public sector unions) contributed about $1.4 million to the NDP for their election campaign.
Every union boss in Canada ends his horn blowing dissertation about the evils being perpetrated upon working Canadians with a sentence like Paul moist used "Working people built Canada. They deserve a better shake than they have received in recent weeks." Paul is equating "working people" with "CUPE members".
To wax in Paul's idiom: Unions didn't build Canada, its citizens built it and I find it offensive that CUPE's national president lays claim to the efforts of all Canadians.
The "bad language" filters on the website here make giving my true opinion of such a comment pointless, suffice it to say Paul moist you need to P.Y.H.O.O.Y.A.