Already, Montreal taxpayers see 13 per cent of their city’s operating budget go to fund pensions.
Today, with the comfort and leisure of modern open markets, we can scarcely imagine the back-breaking work of yore.
Allowing workers to bargain independently from the union would help limit the problem of free-riding while not forcing workers to join a union and pay dues.
Despite the potential for increased worker choice to benefit workers, opponents often raise three objections as reason not to pursue such reform.
The B.C. government recently announced it will increase the minimum wage in September to $10.45 per hour. Thereafter, annual increases will be automatically pegged at the rate of inflation.
As the Quebec government struggles to eliminate its deficit and rein in the largest debt burden in Canada, it has identified government-sector compensation as a way to restrain spending and balance the budget in 2015/16.
The Ontario government is currently neck deep in negotiations with public sector unions including those representing bureaucrats, teachers, and police officers.