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  • JC
    July 09, 2012 - 14:41

    The labour situation in this province is a flat out joke, Every company in this province want to pay LOW wages to whoever they can. I encourage young people to leave this province and go west. Employers, wages, government , all a joke. I look at the news and often see so called "new " proposals and ideas comming from the arrogant mouths of the so called wealthy in this province. Your ideas and ways of thinking are old. I've lived out west for years, and came back to see the so called "change" in NL, there has been NO change. Have fun liviing in a useless retirement home everyone, NL is a Joke!....Period

    • David
      July 09, 2012 - 18:47

      Why would there be any change? The only industry here is bush league politics --- the oil industry is just a sideshow that makes it more lucrative to be in. If there is no economic future for this province beyond this one, last free-for-all oil boom (and I see no signs or evidence to be optimistic that there is), it is nobody's fault but Newfoundland's.

  • Randy
    July 04, 2012 - 10:33

    Brett- seems to think we live in Chicargo in the 40's . Grow up by ,They days of strong arming has long passed

    • Brett
      July 05, 2012 - 15:31

      Really? I seem to remember eggs being thrown at a bus a couple years ago over a strike with a mining company. I consider a group of people who stop my vehicle, disrupt my ability to go to and from work harassment, especially if done for the purpose of deterring business at that location. Those are strong arming techniques.

  • P F Murphy
    July 04, 2012 - 08:04

    Unions bring better wages and safer working conditions and those are things we need to bring our workers home from Ontario and Alberta. We've lost 70,000 young people over the last 10 years and you can feel that just by going to a mall and counting how many kids you see. Get on board construction companies - more people, more work, more profit unless you're afraid to work, eh?

    • Brett
      July 05, 2012 - 15:34

      If the unions are so helpful for bringing young people back - how come I hear all these horror stories about how if you're not on the inside track of the unions you can't get placement, and how people from here who are trying to come back from Alberta can't get jobs... Yes it's hearsay, but I've listened to many an open line show with the same talk for a number of years, and I have to think that where there's smoke there's fire.

  • Brett
    July 04, 2012 - 07:19

    This change allows people who want the company to unionize (outside unions that target a corp, or possibly a select group representing far less than the 65%) - to strong arm/get a employees drunk or coerce or harass them into signing the card/petition + when they get enough signatures - bang - unionized. Is this really how we want to preserve unions? And to those who think unions don't strong arm - that's the whole basis of going on strike - restricting access to an employers building, slowing down cars, stopping "scabs", etc...

    • Kevin
      July 04, 2012 - 08:04

      Three differant industry committee's that were studying and consulting on labour legislation since 2011 have all reccommended against automatic Card certification. I would like to see Terry French provide all of the consulation reports to the public so people can see this. They certainly consulted with industry they just didn't listen. Unions are currently target the large commercial sites around St Johns that have open shop contractors working there. They are regularly visiting workers at home and phoning them promising jobs at Long harbour and Hebron. Those workers are signing cards just to stop the harrassment. This is not a democratic way to promote union membership. The current NL Government is no long business friendly and this legislation will make create a workforce that is not nimble, adaptable and lean when it needs to be. In todays economy we need balance where the companies have control over the work they bid on lump sum contracts, saleries are not the issue as everyone in construction are enjoying good times but if we are not careful we will end up like The Greek workforce, over paid, under worked and controled by one entity. The Unions.