CUPE's claim of "union busting" by the City of Vancouver is a juvenile response tantamount to an adolescent temper tantrum. Public sector unions appear incapable of critical self reflection. If one dares to criticize one aspect of a public sector union's position beware. The union will attack claiming that one is anti-union and trampling on the graves of past union activists.
No question the City of Vancouver was ill advised when it attempted to force a 39 month contract on its employees. Coupled with Mayor Sullivan's miguided musings employees were angered. No one agrees to a contract that expires 90 days after an Olympic games. Given the IOC's fiscal history it would not have been in the employees best interest to negotiate then.
As a younger employee I wish to advance. Seniority does not work in my favour. Quality of work and measurable results does. Unfortunately, many older employees believe they are due positions simply because of time served. These older employees underestimate their skills and currently CUPE is perpetuating their fear and self doubt.
I have a vacation package that the private sector can not match. My medical and dental plans saved me thousands of dollars when hit with an unending stream of health problems. How much more do people want or need?
This is a watershed strike which will impact how Vancouver's civic services are provided. CUPE is seeking to stratify employees. If successful there is no reason for young employees to remain with the City of Vancouver. The entire city loses as young staff with innovative ideas leave for more rewarding challenges.