Union members’ pay stays in community

Union boss argues that money earned is money spent

Re: “Incoming Sidney council should consider pay freeze” (Letters, Nov. 16)

Mr. Tanner implied that wage increases for municipal workers are “rich.” I would like to point out the current collective agreements bargained for this year in many of the area municipal governments have been two per cent raise per year, slightly below Statistic Canada’s inflation rate for Greater Victoria. Wage increases below the inflation rate cannot be considered “rich.”

On  wages in general; public-sector workers earn a living with which they can afford to live in their community, raise a family and importantly, shop in local businesses. We are all interconnected in our local economy and that is why the Canadian Union of Public Employees started a campaign to encourage members to shift spending habits from foreign-owned big box, to locally owned and operated businesses.

The key to a vibrant local economy is both a strong private and public sector, and they should be supporting each other, not attacking one another.

I encourage everyone to shop local, and to respect the hardworking city workers who help make our communities great.

Trevor Davies, president, CUPE 374

(representing municipal workers in Sidney and North Saanich)


Just Posted

Woman charged in Saanichton stabbing

One man treated for injuries, released from hospital following Friday assault

Saanich’s Red Lion Inn receives council’s blessing for extended liquor hours

Extension comes more than two years after a major fire

Province continues to investigate Saanich’s Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

Investigation stems from May 2 incident that turned Colquitz River ‘chocolate brown’

Avid Victoria cyclist’s legacy bike ride helps fund end-of-life care

2019 Denis Muloin Ride for Palliative Care invites cyclists for May 26 fundraiser

VIDEO: Fun without sun: Hundreds enjoy Family Fest on Victoria Day

Families enjoy activities in Veterans Memorial Park

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read