1 NY Nana  Apr 29, 2008 8:32:43pm

Oh, Canada! :=(

2 winston06  Apr 29, 2008 8:42:18pm

It’s a FUBAR land

3 winston06  Apr 29, 2008 8:43:03pm

Hey, I am going to send a postcard to IDF HQ now thanking them for clearing the Syrian nukes. I think Canadian Lizards must do this

4 NY Nana  Apr 29, 2008 8:57:25pm

re: #3 winston06

Here is an update:

Jonathan Kay: The Canadian Union of Postal Workers “has no plans to block mail to and from Israel AS OF YET.”

If you click on the original, you can also see it there. I wonder how this will end up.

Very sarky response from the union, very.

This hurts….if the TTC strike could be stopped so fast….perhaps…

5 NY Nana  Apr 29, 2008 9:19:03pm

re: #3 winston06

Is Denis Lemelin québécois ? I would think so.

6 BlueCanuck  Apr 29, 2008 9:20:53pm

I have had no respect for CUPW. My father was a letter carrier for over 30 years and he hated the union too. He was active in it and head of his local. Only so that he could put his say in. The morons who have run it in the past and present couldn’t care less for the guys on the beats.

7 NY Nana  Apr 29, 2008 9:44:00pm

re: #6 BlueCanuck

Sad. I remember our first trip to Toronto, in 1981 or 1982, and the Post Office was out on strike. I had to send all my postcards from Buffalo, on the drive back down state. The letter boxes had bands around them that kept them locked…and I didn’t realize til the next trip 8 months later that there is no delivery on Saturday.

I feel badly for your Dad working in that environment. I am so grateful that I never had to join a union. As an RN (retired) I never took a job where they we unionized. I lived through a strike as a student, of the ancillary staff. it was brutal and very scary.

I still love Toronto, though. We have been there twice a year since the first trip. Now I can no longer travel, darn it.’

8 BlueCanuck  Apr 29, 2008 10:05:34pm

re: #7 NY Nana

Yeah, Unions suck. I got my first security job in 1987 with Pinkertons. My dad called me up one day and told me not to take any positions which dealt with the Post Office. He said that the strike was going to be ugly. I heard several stories later on from friends and others about how bad it got with guards beaten by picketers.

9 NY Nana  Apr 29, 2008 10:30:09pm

re: #8 BlueCanuck

Unions are, IMHO, so far removed from any need that they should all be redundant. They are no better than the Mafia. They may have been needed in the early 20h Century, and a bit beyond, but now? Look at the auto industry, etc. The union seems to be making it much worse.

/And we wonder why so much work is being done in China, India, etc…

10 jamsler  Apr 30, 2008 7:55:08am

Unions are like a good marriage gone horribly wrong. Sweet and nice turns dishonest, bitter and corrupt but still you hold on….vainly hoping that it will get better. The Who said it perfectly when they sang The Good’s gone. And we’re left to wonder why it worked for our parents but not for us.


11 mattm  Apr 30, 2008 8:49:03am

I work in a union supermarket. Evey time a union rep come up to me to tell me why i should wear a sticker I politely decline. Usually that try to pressure me to wear a stupid sticker saying something like “But you paid stickers and you NEED to show solidity with you fellow union members.”

A year and a half ago their was threat of a strike. Despite the news reports giving vague ideas on the sticking points in negotiations (wages, health care, etc) the Union people who came in would not tell me that info. They just talked and talked to try to “inform and educate me” but refused to answer questions. Twice I ended up walking out of the building when they wouldn’t leave me alone.

12 FoolsMate  Apr 30, 2008 10:44:36am

I have firsthand experience with union bullying tactics. When I was a grad student, there was a vote on whether to unionize graduate students at Cal. During the week prior to the vote, a union organizer approached me as I entered a building. Shortly thereafter, in response to his questions, I had told him yes I’m a grad student, I’ll voting against unionizing, and I’m not interested in discussing it. He physically blocked me from leaving the area by stepping in front of me although I repeatedly tried to avoid him. After giving a warning, I gut punched him, pushed him on the ground and walked away.

13 EE  May 3, 2008 12:04:43pm

The traditional aspects of anti-semitism are (1) demonization, (2) exclusion, (3) expulsion, and (4) massacre. These are the big 4 phases of the war against the Jews, not only by the Nazis, but during the centuries preceding the Nazis.

This is phase 2, exclusion. But these workers are supposed to be doing their job. If they refuse to do their job, then they should be fired.

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