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  • a business man
    August 18, 2013 - 11:20

    My approach to the potential unionization in Canada is two fold: Firstly, I avoid permanant workers to the best of my abilities. Usually, I hire in cycles, and I hire 200+ people for 75 jobs. I start them all part-time, and rank their performance based on how much profit they make for me per minute. that means if they walk slow to the bathroom, or if they take long in the bathroom, their ranking is lower. It is not personal, it is not discrimination, it is just math and stats. Then I only extend full time hours to the top 60 people who make the most profit. That means that the remaining 140 average workers compete for the remaining 15 seats on a given day. The bottom 30% will likely never get offered a shift. Then, within 90 days, I fire everyone in accordance with the law, and start over. The objective is to have a flexible and temperory workforce. I tell the workers from the outset, verbally and in contract, that this is a temp job that will end in 90 days. I set the expectation that it is a temp job so that they see that there is no point in trying to unionize. Also, I use temp agencies and just rotate bodies in and out. The bottom line is that I do not give full time jobs to anyone (other than family and friends)....I do not create jobs that are worth unionizing (for the workers or for the unions)...this strategy has served me well. I have a willing workforce that accepts minimum wage on a perminant basis, and my profits and MY salary has gone up in every year of the last 5 years. It has also served me well because I am a lawyer by trade. I have a full time job, so I don't personally run my companies. So knowing that I have a profitable strategy that is no likely to get unionized means that I have a steady and reliable flow of extra money coming in with no effort on my part. My second approach to unionization in Canada is to move companies to right to work states. Laws that make unionization hard are good for me, which is why over 70% of my companies are in right to work US states. Every one of those jobs were once in Canada, but I have moved them becuase I get more money. I still pay the Canadian government capital gains on the profits that I make from the US. I still pay my fair share. But the reality is that I have increased my Canadian wealth by cutting out Canadian workers. And I chose to do so because I am scared of unionization cutting my profits. I would not be scared if there was no union. So tell me, at the end of the day, will unions create jobs or cause employers to flee. Frankly, I don't care either way because I will always find a way to do what is best for me. As far as I am concerned, nothing else matters. It is workers in Canada who have to worry about the supply of jobs in Canada. As an employers, I have a global pool of workers, so I will hand pick the workers who will accept the terms that facilitates the maximum amount of profitability.