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,


Just Posted

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

AspieComic Micheal McCreary coming to the Comox Valley

Comox Valley Child Development Association hosting the fundraising event

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

VIDEO: Snowbirds arrive in Comox for annual spring training

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have arrived in Comox for their annual spring… Continue reading

Locals Restaurant among Canada’s most sustainable eateries

The Courtenay restaurant is the only B.C. establishment to make the top six list

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

B.C. senior sentenced for sexually abusing special-needs granddaughter

73-year-old Cortes Island man will go to jail for three years

Courtenay supports church renos, lunch program

Council approves $25,000 request from St. George’s United

Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

Vessel now up for auction ends regular runs between Crofton and Vesuvius at the beginning of June

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Most Read