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Labour Relations the Worst in 60 Years?

I am not a big fan of Buzz Hargrove but he’s probably right.  Hargrove blames Harper but it’s much more complicated than that.

University of Toronto historian Laurel MacDowell says Canada has shifted from an industrial to a service-based economy.

She says the dominant multi-national service-oriented companies, like Wal-Mart, are known for their anti-union views.

Hargrove says labour activists need to get creative if they want to turn the tide in their favour.

He says the plan to merge the CAW and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada is a big step in the right direction.

I am going to say that with the U.S. economy in a slow recovery with high unemployment and states desperate for investment that it is a big hammer over any negotiations because if labour doesn’t make the concessions you want, it’s easy to move to Indiana, Michigan, or Ohio and find a motivated, educated and trained workforce that is largely unemployed.  Why pay high wages in Saskatchewan or Ontario when you can get the same product made for less money somewhere else.

It’s not fair to those that get squeezed in it but welcome to the foreseeable future.

2 Comments

  1. Mark Byron says:

    That’s bracing to see Michigan listed as a low-wage competitor to Canada, but not far from the truth.

    1. Jordon says:

      I was reading that Michigan is a great place to start a company because of the education (high) to wage (low) ratio. It wasn’t that long ago that Michigan was a place of both jobs and security.

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