June 23, 2009

Sick Days Are Not Holidays

I really wasn't going to climb into the civil servant strike going on in Toronto. I mean, the liquor store is threatening to strike at midnight tonight - now that I could get flustered about.

It boggles my wee mind that on Day One And A Half of the strike, we are seeing the usual pictures of piles and piles of garbage. Seriously? Get a grip, people. Or maybe it's just the media, cruising around and special-angling a shot so that it looks like a restaurant's towering pile of uncomposted waste is really in front of a single family home. Either way, they've been threatening for a couple of weeks, and the weather reports told you this heat was coming - why does everyone wake up as surprised as they are on Christmas morning? I mean, I'm heading out to buy extra wine to ride out a strike - why would you not consider that garbage could become a problem?

Yes, I'll admit that my problem here in suburbia is far more embraceable.

There are kids that were supposed to start summer jobs. They're SOL. There are more kids turfed from summer camps and daycare - this is crap.

And the issue? Sick days? Really?

The Poor Sod is in a union. I was raised to hate unions. But this whole sick day nonsense is just that. And 18 of them? Jee-zus. Are you kidding me? If the Poor Sod is sick, guess what? He doesn't go in. And he doesn't get paid. Wow. That was tough.

I'm old. I've never been paid to be sick. I had one employer that ponied up 3 sick days a year, which was kind. He was a small business, and it was a big gesture. But 18? And you can save them up like when you hoard Halloween candy? Piss off. Count with me - 18 days is nearly AN ENTIRE MONTH of being sick.

Unions, you're picking the wrong battle this time. You're stupidly obvious timing - the first week that school's out, forecast extreme heat - is cowardly. With the economy in that dumpster you refuse to fill, you are sorely testing the last advocates you might have had.

Take your vitamins and do your damned job like the rest of us - while you still have one.


Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

That milquetoast Miller should grow a set and do as Reagan did with the air traffic controllers years ago. Fire them all!

Guess what? There was no air disaster resulting in this show of doing one's job back then - just as there likely would not be now.
And air traffic controllers were considered skilled workers. Refuse collectors? Not so much.

I'm self employed and have been for 25 plus years. If I get sick and don't work, I too, like Lorraine do not get paid. For shame, poor me, boo-hoo...!

This 18 days of sick days as, wait for it, entitlement, sickens me.

Wake up and smell the composting garbage and be thankful that, up to 36 hours ago you overprivileged yahoos still had jobs.

Nurse... my meds... that I pay for myself. My meagre health insurance coverage has exceeded it's annual limit thanks to the likes of ridiculously expensive drugs like Lipitor. Of course, if I was a member of CUPE, I would not have to susbtitue generic drugs for name brand either since my diamond health care package covers just about all claims...

June 23, 2009 4:11 PM  
Blogger Nursedude said...

Here! Here! I'm part time working full time hours (2 jobs). No benefits and expensive meds as well. I've been sick for the last 10 days or so and have missed 1 day of work (no pay for sick time). To add insult to injury I'm in a union but my union considers part time employees only purpose is to fill holes in the FT schedule. I would love to have paid sick and paid vacations. Maybe in the next life.

June 23, 2009 7:40 PM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

If your work situation is so bad you need unions to reel in opportunistic employers you're going to have antagonistic relationships. It's a chicken or the egg thing. I've never seen a union get powerful in a fair work environment but I've seen them become as abusive as their employers. Who's fault is that in the end? Everyone who supported them.

June 23, 2009 11:34 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

As a municipal worker, allow me to comment.

I am NOT in a union.

My choice. I left my last job because I couldn't handle the union crud.

I have sick 'occasions'. If I'm sick, I get time off. A doctors note may be required, its up to the manager. If they smell abuse, they call us on it. Its very fair, we are all adults.

M.D.B. is in an 'Association' (can't be in a union, but it doesn't pass the duck test.)

There, part timers have no benefits, no sick time, no bereavement leave. If they don't work, they don't get paid.

Now on to Toronto...'demanding' 18 sick days? These will only be used (or abused) by very few. No one will quit if they don't get em, and no one will jump ship to go work in Megatropolis simply because of this issue.

Its an excuse for some time off.

How many 100's of thousands of dollars is the city saving every day in wages?

Let em all pout.

It can't smell much worse than it already does.


June 23, 2009 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couple of points. As a Torontonian, who was well aware of an impending strike, I too cannot understand where all this garbage is coming from on day 3. We had a plan worked out before hand (i.e. get rid of as much stuff as possible before the strike) and we figure we'll be ok for about 3-4 weeks. Point 2: these jackasses that want to accumulate sick days. Archaic. Can't believe this crap still exists. LCBO staff used to have this option too (not sure if it still exists) Total BS.

June 24, 2009 8:37 AM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Ok so I'm in an Association. It does pass the duck test (including the "lame" portion) and we, as an association, fly you, the travelling public, to wherever it is you like to go. Sudbury, Timmins, Swine Flu Central... you name it, we'll take you there.

It makes me want to throttle people when I hear them abusing our sick day policy. We have it because if we have a cold our heads could explode if we work. Personally I can't afford the dry cleaning or the paperwork involved in such a mess. So I use the sick days if I'm sick.


People want to be able to carry forward sick days so they can use them for a number of reasons other than sick days. If you're sick for 18 days a year you need professional help. And a better medical plan than anyone on the planet has.

Althooooouuuggghhhhh..... when it's hot outside and the pool's calling my name, and the margaritta's in the blender, and soon it will render that frozen concoction that makes me hang on.... I'll take the garbage out tomorrow.

June 24, 2009 10:36 PM  

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