"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Friday 13 February 2015


Home Care nurses are on strike. They have no contract.

The last three year contract froze salaries for the first two years and gave a. 2.75 % increase in the third year. You can't chisel a contact much cheaper than that.

Directors by contrast were very much more generously compensated.

Two, years without an increase  in wages and increase in cost-of -living meant a reduction in
compensation. 2.75% in the third year did not  represent catch up let  allne keep up.

Recipients of the program are also short changed by reduction in minutes of setvice provided.

The program allows people in need of care  to receive it at home. It saves the government billions of dollars in institutional care and is  a hundred times more preferable .

But the sick,and the elderly are not visible in their homes. Hardly a dot on  the radar screen.

Liquor Control Board preovides the government with  billions of dollars annually  to finance  hospital and other services. The government says how much they need. And that's what they get.

Store managers wages  have been frozen for six years. They are worse off  to-day than six years ago..

Liberals have been in charge all that time.

Hospital Directors, Education  Directors,  Policce, Firefighters  and sundry others are the new millionaires of our society.

While their compensation takes  gigantic is tribes.  Less and less is available for social housing, home care for sick and elderly.

People bringing in revenue to pay exorbitant  increases in costs of particular government service
are shamelessly short-changed in  compensation.

One might argue it's all about politics. One would not be partially correct.

It is  all about a lack of political skill coupled with  a total lack of leadership.

It's the difference between then and now.


KA-NON said...

"Poople (sic) bringing in revenue to pay the exorbitant increases in costs of particular government service are shamelessly short-changed"

Evelyn, are you arguing that the (government monopoly) LCBO store managers should be paid more based on their (exclusive) sales amounts, on the premise that their efforts create the funding for other social services?

Anonymous said...

Evelyn are you saying that taxes should be raised?

I am not in favour of higher taxes - expecially for public sector workers that get a lot more perks than the average Joe. The OMERS pension alone is gold!

Anonymous said...

This type of incomprehensible incompetence is found in all levels of government. Unfortunately right now for Ontarians our health care system is shameful especially for the elderly. Thank you Chris Ballard and friends.

Anonymous said...

Oh, 15:23. Evelyn is suggesting no such thing. Do piss off !

Anonymous said...

Why do you presume to speak for "Evelyn," 16:02? Also, nice choice of words directed to KA-NON - can't you keep it civil?

Anonymous said...

The Home Care nurses are needed so badly. When our son-in-law had a nasty accident, nurses sent through the hospital in the city came from their local area and were there almost every day. Some are still friends.

Anonymous said...

Often times when a government employer cannot pay dollar increases unions extract other benefits.

In general, I think the tide has turned in regard to provincial and federal employees. They enjoyed salary and benefit compensation above the private and municipal sectors for a number of years. In the past 5 or 6 years their salaries and benefits have been lagging. Pension benefits are good but if you look at the teachers' pension plan you will find it is not as good as it was. Also, it does not come free given the significant deduction at source.

The days of holding people hostage (like the post office did) are in rapid decline. Everyone can be replaced and every work function can be modified, streamlined or deleted.

Anonymous said...

Just livening things up. Everyone will blame it on you.

Anonymous said...

Are you suggesting the teachers pension plan is not very good even with the over 1.1 Billion dollar match by the taxpayers annually