Non-union member appreciates contributions they have made

Dear editor,

John Caddell Sr.'s desire for social equity is admirable, but his suggestions for achieving it are misdirected.

Dear editor,

John Caddell Sr.’s desire for social equity is admirable, but his suggestions for achieving it are misdirected (Public-sector unions must go, record, July 27).

A race to the bottom, with the lowest wage for everyone except the rich, is not a way to distribute wealth more fairly. In fact, as total union membership has decreased, income disparity has correspondingly increased.

Nor is the privatization of public services a cure-all. Sure, the workers end up earning less, but the taxpayers typically pay more because of the required profit margins for the private contractor.

Our grandfathers fought for fair wages, shorter work weeks, workplace safety, and human rights. I am not a union member but I live in a society greatly enriched by their efforts.

If we swallow the propaganda of the neo-conservative boardrooms and their media pundits, we would quickly return to a Dickensian existence of poor huddled masses and the well-off few.

It seems that we’re already seeing the beginnings of that disintegration.

Unions might not be perfect organizations but their elimination would be catastrophic to improving social equity.

Tom Pater,

Courtenay

Just Posted

Pride Society of the Comox Valley set to kick off week-long celebration

The organization is celebrating Pride Week with a variety of events to bring the community together.

Work continues on Courtenay’s 4th Street Improvement Project

4th street will be closed to traffic between Duncan and Cliffe Avenue

Inside the music: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Big Read: VIMF in the Comox Valley exemplifies the spirit of an Island summer music festival

Cannabis facility planned in Courtenay

Design up to 100,000 square feet

Major private donation to Kus-kus-sum project

Frank and Bobbi Denton, longtime residents of the Comox Valley, have donated… Continue reading

BC Games: Day 3 wrap and closing ceremonies

The torch in the Cowichan Valley has been extinguished as Fort St. John gets ready to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018

Bob Castle’s Under the Glacier cartoon for July 19, 2018… Continue reading

Police confirm girl, 8 others injured in Toronto shooting; shooter dead

Paramedics said many of the victims in Danforth, including a child, were rushed to trauma centres

Why do they do it? Coaches guide kids to wins, personal bests at the BC Games

Behind the 2,300 B.C. athletes are the 450 coaches who dedicate time to help train, compete

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Most Read