With Greece-like numbers looming in Ontario’s political near future, the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has released a White Paper that will form the basis for their next election campaign called, “Paths to Prosperity, Flexible Labour Markets.” The paper amounts to an all out assault on the growing power of both public service and private sector unions.
As the title of the paper suggests, it is the lack of flexibility in hiring and firing that drives costs up, business down and employment out of the province and it is unionization that is at the heart of the inflexibility. As independent business owners, you know this first hand. As a former member of Local 127 when I was framing, I remember it well.
Where the Liberals and the NDP derive much of their support from unions, the Conservatives are the only party that can take a stand against the calcification and decimation of the labour market that occurs through unionization. The White Paper is its line in the sand and we all need to decide on what side of the line we stand.
Its’ key recommendation is that union membership be voluntary. At present, union membership and dues payments in union shops is mandatory. Another recommendation that will affect you directly and immediately is for the province to open up competition for insurance by allowing you to opt out of now mandatory WSIB and buy your worker’s insurance privately.
There’s more and you need to acquaint yourself with Hudac’s plans for Ontario. More important, you need to become a vocal advocate for the Conservative agenda for the sake of your business and the future of the province. Along with the completely inane Green Energy policies, McGuinty’s government’s unwillingness to address these fundamental issues on unions will continue to tear the heart out of your efforts to run a business and make a living for your family.