On Labour Day, Please Consider the Following Definitions

On Labour Day, Please Consider the Following Definitions

….section # 1 –

meritocracy –

government or the holding of power by people selected on the basis of their ability.

Capitalism –

an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state

Free enterprise, or the free market –

refers to an economy where the market determines prices, products, and services rather than the government. … Alternatively, free enterprise could refer to an ideological or legal system whereby commercial activities are primarily regulated through private measures..

labour union –

an organized association of workers, often in a trade or profession, formed to protect and further their rights and interests –
fair negotiation, fair salary and benefits, fair hours of work, equitable raises and representation, safe work place, free from sexual harassment

benefits –

wage parity –
ensuring that employees in the same (similar) job and location are paid fairly relative to one another, regardless of their gender or ethnicity.
terms of seniority
medical insurance
sick leave
workmen’s comp and EI
holiday pay
family leave – mat and pat leave, caregiver leave, grief time

…..section # 2 –

  • Now that most of these are legislated, what is the purpose of the union today?
  • When many unions are big corporations themselves, who does the union actually work for?

section # 3 –

How could most contracts be improved?
my suggestions –

  • Negotiate for things like paid education and apprenticeship opps.
  • Negotiate for downtime partial pay during economic freefalls like now.
  • Negotiate for a ‘good neighbour’ policy –
  • efforts to reduce the carbon foodprint.
  • efforts to make and maintain good relationships in the community where the company &/or franchise is located.
  • like joining charitable orgs, business committees, supporting local arts

…..Happy Labour Day!

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