Quote: Originally Posted by Cannuck
I think I see the problem.
I don't think anybody would disagree with that.
Most people know that as well however, tell that to the public when you have a geyser coming out of the road because of a broken water main....or a breakdown on a pump that feeds chlorine into the drinking water....too bad so sad! I've worked my eight hours and I'm going home. That might happen in your world but here in reality, it's a different story.
Then there are issues with staffing levels
Reality is that the unions and the government have built for their own benefit a negative and adversarial relationship that hurts only the workers and the public. The union works to screw the government and the government works to screw the workers. It has nothing at all to do with saving money, providing the services paid for or a fair compensation for a fair days work. I can't count how many city workers have left at lunch while someone else swipes out for them at quitting time. While it's hard work having to work until the job is done, having all those days when you don't work a lick, go fishing and spend time drinking beer in the shop on Friday afternoons. Please excuse my lack of sympathy. Do try that business in the private sector and see how things work out for you.
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With half the police and a third of the firefighters gone, do you really believe the remaining workers are not going to be overworked, stressed and tired?
You have a union, it negotiated on your behalf. If you don't have the working conditions you want, that's who you blame. And you should probably know that in the last Mayoral election here in Toronto one of the campaign promises of Rob Ford who won the election was to increase police by 100 officers. This was flatly turned down by the chief of police Bill Blair. So if there was a shortage, I am sure they would have accepted that offer. Mind you they did put in for a raise in pay.
There is no reason at all for anyone to sleep on the job with this many people looking for work. If you are too busy going out and carousing all night to work your shift without having to go to sleep for part of it, get out because no one wants that level of service. Not to mention it just solidifies the idea of union slackers in the work force so that politicians can justify cutting back on the amount of workers for any given field. Everyone knows if there is time to sleep on the job, there are too many people on the payroll.