But what about the union leaders?
This week, after tense negotiations, the union representing Corner Brook’s firefighters and the city itself came to an agreement giving the firefighters a 16 per cent wage increase… only to fire 4 firefighters the next day. Corner Brook Mayor Neville Greeley insists that throughout the bargaining process the union would not entertain any negotiations outside of pay increases – despite the fact he made it clear the city could not afford to keep staffing levels where they were if significant pay increases were awarded. The CBC reports about 60 people attended Thursday afternoon’s rally calling for Greeley’s resignation, held just a day after council announced the cuts. With Greeley maintaining that the union was told job cuts would be necessary to cover the negotiated raise, shouldn’t at least half of the anger in this case be directed at union officials – who appear to have negotiated a pay raise at the expense of the jobs of 4 firefighters?