Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
Every highways district is different and it's got a lot to do with the District Highways Mgr. and the Road Foreman. Some are very service oriented toward the public and some are just there for the pay cheques. Privatization in B.C. in the late eighties did a lot to kill employee morale (the ones who managed to stay on and work for the contractor) On paper the Gov't managed to save money I guess- but even that probably turned out to be short term savings.
On the BC side when they privatized the foreman got in on it and started his own contract company and with help from friends won the contract but thats union and ndp friendly elk valley B.C. where buds help buds out regardless of qualifications or service.
That old boy network didnt fare too well here in Alberta,Volker Stevens not only outbid the scumbags that thought their buds would help them out,but they actually did a better job hoping to win the next contract.
They kept a few good workers on and turfed the rest,that got rid of all the old government workers who thought they were entitled to a job.
I saw both sides of the coin,as a teamster(IUOE) for over 20 years I worked hard for my union and the brothers and sisters but got sick of watching the old boys network,nepotism,graft,corruption,greed and a host of other things that didnt sit well with me.
Now that I have left I saw how unions really roll,took me many years for my old union to actually find my pension that was 6 figures and I paid into for 22 years,once I left they basically did everything they could to keep me in the dark and only a threat from the RCMP commercial crimes division got me my documents within 3 days.
I also was a member of C.L.A.C.(Christian labour association of Canada)but only because I had to be.
That isnt even a union,I was in the Kamloops division and they took my dues for 3 years before telling me that we didnt have a collective agreement and they would return all dues but it was going to be complicated because of revenue Canada.
2 years later and I still havent heard back from them,I should phone rev Canada and turn them in but that could be a lose lose situation.
I should just start a topic about unions and how they have hurt privatization and the little guy that just wants to make an honest living,something they are supposed to stand for,the little guy.