Canadian Labour Unions: Have given up the fight?
Barry Artiste, Now Public Contributor
More aptly put should be "The Death Knell of North American Labour Unions" are due partly by past greed for higher wages and benefits for it's workers. Greed against a struggling North American manufacturing industry, fraught with competition from a Global economy, continued outsourcing of jobs, massive cheap imports into this country from a Non Unionist Asia, with few North American Exports outside of North America to those Asian Markets have pretty much made "Unics out of Labour Unions, and Corpses out of North American Manufacturing Industry, with the Union Workers as Pall Bearers.
Proof, is a recessionist economy in the US, with Canada surely to follow. North America used to be the No.1 Giants of Industry the world over, other countries were banging down our doors, scrambling for North American Made Products, Labour Unions took advantage of that, and looked out for Number #1, their Workers !
Unfortunately Big Labour failed to see the "Big Picture", with "Big Salaries and Benefits" come layoffs and/or higher prices. Laid off consumers cannot afford higher prices and will look for that "Big Yellow Smiley Face" of the Lowest Price whenever they open their wallets. Everything comes "Full Circle" and now the Manufacturing Wagons are still in a circle, the circling Indians are replaced by circling Pacific Rim workers, who also built those wagons and have no intention of burning them down with unrealistic Labour Demands, when a job, any job means Food and Survival in a Global economy. Labour Unions in North America burned their Bridges long ago, and if they want them rebuilt, unfortunately they will have to look east... Far East !
Labour can't keep robbing Manufacturing to the point of destitution, because eventually they will have nothing to offer. Manufacturing presently in North America has little to offer and Labour Unions need to realise that, especially if a "soon to be extinct" North American Manufacturing Industry is to survive to build another day, because sooner than later they will be gone too. Unions, Workers and North American Manufacturing then will be jobless.
North American Unions and their workers practised the 7 Deadly Sins and now are paying the Price.
Lust (For Power)
Gluttony (Concessions, Concessions, Concessions)
Greed (Unrealistic Wage Demands)
Sloth (Seniority over Work Ethic)
Envy (Big Business)
Pride (Not knowing when to quit)
When lawmakers were busy sketching out the details of the North American Free Trade agreement in 1988, Buzz Hargrove, then assistant to Canadian Auto Workers president Bob White, said the union would "fight like hell" against lower U.S. wages and benefits that could creep into Canada.
And when DaimlerChrysler AG cancelled its plans for an Ontario pickup truck plant in Windsor in 2003, Mr. Hargrove again said he would "fight like hell" to make Chrysler live up to its commitments. In fact, "fight like hell" has been such a repeated part of the labour leader's lexicon over the years that it has become a cliché.
Now, some trade unionists argue, it's also a downright lie.