Anti-union column a good argument for unions

Re: Back-to-school labour woes (B.C. Views, Sept. 4)

Re: Back-to-school labour woes (B.C. Views, Sept. 4)

Tom Fletcher’s column accurately demonstrates the merits of a union.

CUPE has successfully obtained a long list of benefits for their members including a starting wage of $17.50/hour with monetary compensation for overtime and additional qualifications.

In addition the employees have secured a pension, a benefits package and paid holidays.

The growing gap between public and private employee wages and benefits can only be closed if private workers accept that the only reasonable solution is to unionize.

While big box stores continue to pay minimum wage and offer no or few benefits it is a mystery why more people don’t take the time to read such convincing articles as Mr. Fletcher’s and recognize the benefits of a union.

The likes of Wal-Mart and McDonald’s don’t even pay a living wage while making huge profits. They are classic examples of companies that perpetuate income inequality.

Let Mr. Fletcher do the whining and the rest get wise. Unionize!

Richard Davis



Just Posted

500 pounds of turkey served at Cool Aid community Christmas dinner

Annual dinner serves hundreds of community members

VIDEO: Annual Tuba Christmas concert draws large crowd to Market Square

Over 100 tuba and euphonium players gathered to play festive tunes

Revisit Christmas past as Point Ellice House displays Victorian-era traditions

Antique bobbles, cards, decor and more are on display

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Internationally recognized Canadian Brass performing with Victoria Symphony on Dec. 21

Saanich church kicks off holidays with peaceful Winter Solstice service

St. Luke’s song-filled Christmas services come later

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Most Read