Originally Posted by Yosemite
Your example is perfect for showing how unions are making things so bad for the economy. When companies have to come up with a 15% pay increase over 18 months while the economy is in such bad shape, other people in other industries are losing jobs, plants are closing down and the list goes on, someone is going to have to pay for that 15% pay hike.
We've taken our hits here. In the mid 1990's nurses here making top salary were making less money than they did 15 years prior in the early 1980's. And work conditions had deteriorated too. Not only was there a roll back, but during that same period where once we were at top salary we didn't get a pay increase for 10 years! That's 10 years without a raise! I don't know a company that doesn't give their employees a raise of some sort at least every couple of years, if not every year. Even if it's a token 10 or 15 cents per hour. Then not so long ago they rolled our salary back again and took away some of our vacation time.
|It's no wonder they have to lay off nurses and divvy up the work to who is left. It makes it easy to see why you are understaffed and overworked. They can't afford to pay for a full staff or they would have to close their doors. My point exactly on why I don't like unions. The rest of Canada are lucky if they get a 3% increase and most will get less.
Manitoba isn't laying off nurses, actually we're begging for nurses. Calgary is the one laying off nurses. They are top in Canada for wages. Unfortunately due to 75% of their oil fields being unworkable for whatever the reason (I don't pay attention to that stuff), it's affected their economy in a big way. That and the fact that for decades they relied too heavily on them and they didn't collect provincial tax from their citizens. Now they are in a pickle and have to lay off not only nurses, but other workers in other areas too. Manitoba could easily absorb many of those nurses because we have a dire staff shortage.
So far as the employer not being able to afford to hire more staff, that is not the case at all. There isn't the staff to hire that is the problem.
The average age of nurses in Manitoba is something like 48 years. Apparently according to the last meeting I attended about 25% of Manitoba Nurses are eligible to retire but don't because they can't afford to.
New Grads tend to run off to the USA where they are, depending on where they go: paid more, have better benefits, better contracts, better bonuses, better shift premiums etc. And many that do graduate with their BN degree do not want to work in the "trenches" and do bedside nursing so they take management positions where they get paid bigger bucks and work Monday to Friday day shift, no forced over time required.
|As for seeking equity with the other provinces, I highly doubt the cost of living in Winnipeg is even close to the cost of living in Toronto or Montreal so I don't see why someone in Winnipeg needs the same pay as someone in Toronto or Montreal to have equality of living.
We aren't getting the same pay as Ontario. Ontario makes way more than we do. In addition to that their full time equals 65 hours less per year than ours. They're benefits are better than ours, and they don't have to spend hundreds of dollars every year renewing their nursing license or being audited each year to make sure they have attended continuing education classes/seminars etc as a requirement to renew their license.
So far as cost of living here while not as bad as Toronto, it's still horrendous and our wage increase has been behind the times where that is concerned. The average 2 bedroom fixer upper here can't be had for under $200,000. 10 years ago that same house would have been $50,000. A 4 bedroom house that would have sold for $150,000 10 years ago no costs well over $500,000. I've been apartment hunting thinking I could find another 1 bedroom apartment for under $500.00 because in 4 years my rent went up $320.00 per month! Even the dumpiest of 3 story walk up apartments in unsafe neighbourhoods are going for almost $500 per month if not more. Food prices here went up 90% last year. And thanks to the high price of oil and gas last year, everything else went up too. But since oil and gas has decreased in price, all of the increases that went into affect during that time still remain (increased rent, rentals, food, utilities, consumer goods etc)
Anyway, you seem to have your mind made up and based on my past experiences with such matters, nothing I say will change that. You're certainly entitled to your opinion
I'm not going to say more on the subject and I'm certainly not going to justify anymore than I already have, Manitoba's need for the wages we are getting.
To those who have answered my question about what a voting delegate is, thank you
The thread has served it's purpose.