March 12, 2007 @ 08:15
A couple of union stories caught my eye today.
First of all the NHL Players Association has finally come around a made a move on Ted Saskin.
They've suspended the executive director albeit with pay until they decide how they're going to dump him. It's long overdue.
From the moment the transition from Bob Goodenow to Saskin started, there's been nothing but controversy and suspected scandal, and what will bring Saskin down ultimately will be an alleged breach of privacy regarding e-mails.
He's suspected of intercepting the e-mail of union members who disagreed with his hiring.
Regardless of how you feel about the guy, that is absolutely unacceptable and indefensible. He's done.
The second union story deals with the Brampton Chrysler plant. Staring straight in the face of unemployment the union had an about face and accepted an agreement that could see them lose about five thousand dollars a year per employee.
Chrysler is hurting and they needed co-operation for the union to continue in Brampton, but there was a militant fringe that refused to back down at all, and Chrysler management was growing increasingly impatient.
Survival of the Brampton plant wasn't a bargaining ploy it was ice cold reality and the union finally came around and faced that reality accepting a package that reduces their exorbitant salaries but keeps them employed.
It's about time.