Striking just loses you money

An example is the previous B.C. teachers strike.

Striking just loses you money

I disagree with comments made by Ryan on the lengthy Western Forest Products strike.

When the worker’s contract came to the end, nothing changed. Everything stays the same until a new contract is negotiated. There was no concessions taken away. Western Forest Products cannot do anything until a new contract is negotiated.

The fact is that one day, a new contract has to be signed and put into action. Staying on the job, and talking is the only way to make sure that no worker loses any wages. Why? All wages are retroactive from the beginning of the new contract. These workers will never make up what they lost in wages.

An example is the previous B.C. teachers strike. The teachers went out on the picket line for five weeks. At the same time, the contract was up for renewal for the Newfoundland teachers. The head of the union for the teachers in Newfoundland, said everyone will continue working because the wages will be paid retroactively from the date of the new contract. The new contract took 25 months to negotiate, accept, and sign. Teachers in Newfoundland did not lose once single cent, but the B.C. teachers did — five weeks worth of wages.

Ryan seems to think that it is better to go deeply in debt, than staying on the job working and eventually getting paid back pay retroactive wages from the date of the new contract. Ryan, please common sense, facts, and reality, and not shooting off from the hip, blowing off steam with propaganda total nonsense. Patience is the greatest victory in life.

Why? Newfoundland teachers never lost a single cent of pay, and at the same time, got a new contract. Unbelievable!

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP ask for help finding missing motorcyclist on Vancouver Island

Gordon Oper hasn’t been in touch with his family since early this week

Canadian police to make home visits to enforce mandatory quarantine for travellers

Police forces have been asked to help verify Canadians are complying with the Quarantine Act

Those with no family doctor during COVID-19 crisis can call 811

811 is a health information phone line operated by the Ministry of Health

Duncan woman safe at home after struggle to leave Uganda

Flights hard to come by during COVID-19 pandemic

Lake Flashback: Weir opens, vandalism committee established, coroner’s inquest

1980: Youbou mill maintenance man’s death deemed an accident

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

COVID-19 circumstances have dictated that the holidays may not be perfect

List of cancelled Cowichan Valley community events

An ongoing list of events that have been cancelled in the Cowichan Valley due to COVID-19

B.C. jails grant early release for close to 100 inmates due to COVID-19

The move, which impacts offenders serving intermittent sentences, is to prevent spread of virus

COVID-19 world update: U.S. to start antibody tests; drones enforce lockdown in Italy

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news from around the world

Lower Mainland hunting store sees 200% increase in firearm sales

Co-owner of Wanstalls says increase due to a variety of reasons

People needing addiction services feeling ‘abandoned’ during pandemic

The province is trying to increase access to addiction care through a phone line of experts, doctors

COVID-19: B.C. ER nurse self-isolates in travel trailer, apart from family

Marcia Kent says situation is difficult but worth it to keep twin boys safe

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

VIDEO: Community rallies around Campbell River fire victims

Emergency Social Services volunteers logged over 100 hours in first day after fire

Most Read