I would like to take a few minutes to tell you a story about Alberta’s Premier, Rachel Nutley, and how she decided to save some money. You heard me right. The NDP government is actually going to put a wage freeze on public employees.
How many government workers are there anyhow? A little digging (by Rebel Media, not much on my part) brings up this wonderful video talking about some new statistics from Ottawa showing 421,700 public employees living in Alberta. These are people working for a local, provincial or federal government, for a government service or agency, a crown corporation, or a government funded establishment such as a school (including universities) or hospital.
Ezra Levant is the king of Canadian hyperbole. Liberals call him a liar though I have never seen him lie. Liberals call him the great exaggerator (that might have been me late one night too); I have seen him exaggerate. Liberals call him too passionate about Canada. What the hell does that mean? I guess it is coming from a Liberal so it doesn’t have to mean anything, it just has to sound good.
If you haven’t seen any Rebel Media videos it is probably because you are a bleeding heart liberal who loves our free healthcare and paying into huge governments to buy their every whim. Or maybe you didn’t realize that the mainstream media lies, colludes and covers up anything they deem worthy (this is too long a list for my blog).
One thing I have come to love about The Rebel Media is that they show letters, emails and data to back up their claims. This is expected of them I suppose, since they aren’t liberals. What they don’t do (and neither does mainstream media much anymore) is post citations and references for their information. They show it to you but an anal guy like me wants to see it for himself so I often spend hours digging for the truth myself to prove Ezra is still the man I thought he was… and he is.
How bad did Ezra Levant exaggerate?
I dug through the StatsCan site to find the table he references. Indeed, the numbers are the exact same as reported in the video.
Young workers are screwed. In the past 12 months, 15 to 24 year olds have lost 21,000 jobs. The NDP just wanted their votes, now their true colors come out because the NDP love unions, not minimum wage earners. At this point, something has to be said about Rachel Nutley not having any conflict of interest with unions like CUPE, which is where her husband, Lou Arab, makes a luscious living.
The private sector has lost 71,000 jobs at the same time that public sector employees have grown by 47,600. I agree whole-heartedly with Ezra that this is insane.
But here is a new twist on the story…
Of those 421,700 public employees, only a small handful are actually what you or I would think of as provincial employees. In 2013 that number was 28,610. If all employees went up 12% last year alone, it stands to reason that we are over 30,000 now but let’s use these numbers…
- APS Unionized = 21,642
- APS non-union, Opted-Out, Excluded, Exempt = 2212
- APS non-union, management = 4756
I need some help with research here because I can’t find anything to tell me where the APS Non-Union workers came from. Memory tells me that they were offered non-union positions which would get all the benefits on the union positions and follow their collective agreement. The pro is obviously no union dues. The con would be that you 7000 non-union workers would be forced to work every day if ever a strike was called.
Here is the story I can’t understand why nobody is reporting…
Non-union employees were put on a wage freeze about 6 years ago. Their union compatriots continued getting raises which never dropped below 3%, even during King Ralph’s historic budget cutting (in his last year they actually hit 4.9%). This means that non-union employees making $50,000 a year in 2009 are now about $9700 per year behind their unionized co-workers.
The NDP saw the amazing injustice and immediately handed out some raises. A typical non-union worker-bee got an immediate 2% wage hike. That $50,000 person is now making $51,000. Maybe it was the thought that counted? At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel… they are back on track at least getting raises again for the first time in 6 years.
Then the NDP saw it in their heart to hand out an almost 9% pay hike to provincial judges bringing them from $264,000 to $294,000 which includes two year retroactive raises and two year proactive raises. Does anyone know a non-union, non-judge, non-management worker at Alberta Justice that received more than a 2% raise? I don’t.
And now the end of the story…
And now here is a sad ending. Six months later, those 7000 non-union workers, who are still making $8700 less each year (based on that $50,000 base salary) have found out that the light at the end of the tunnel is a train, a big orange one called the NDP. Joe Ceci, the idiot that Rachel Nutley put in change of finances, has just put another 2-year freeze on these poor people.
Don’t tell me to stop calling him an idiot. He is supposed to know something about money and he just said, and I quote…
- “This is not a decision we made lightly”
- “to maintain stability and protect jobs within the public service we must deal with the economic realities we are facing”
First off, bullshit! You made it very lightly. You couldn’t touch the unionized workers (and what would Rachel’s hubby think of that anyway) and you already took care of the judicial branch so you screwed the ones who volunteered to save your ass if the unionized group strikes. Nice.
Secondly, bullshit! This amounts to a savings of $28.5 million dollars a year.
This is the NDP who gave away $325 million in their first couple months as sole-source payments to old and new friends (for those who hate Prentice’s PC party, without them, these sole-source payments would not be public information). This is the NDP government who has already, in just over 6 months, bumped our provincial debt from around $11 Billion to over $16.7 Billion.
We are losing $5 Billion dollars a year… oh wait, Joe Ceci, the financial genius, just saved us $28.5 Million so now we are only down $499,971,500,000. I look at that number and realize I was right the first time… Joe Ceci is an idiot.
If only Joe Ceci’s PowerBall numbers would have come up.
Who wants to make a bet that lines at public buildings got longer on Thursday. Do you blame them?
If you know someone who can remember how the non-union public employees came about and if there was anything in writing about whether their wages were to match unionized co-workers, please comment below. I am old and my memory is not what is was this morning.
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Notice the date on this story. January 13, the same day the council order was approved for deputy minister and senior staff wages
Where is Ezra when I need him?
I can’t help with the non union workers but on January 13, 2016 they gave all deputy ministers, senior staff, and commission chairs a raise. It comes to about 2.2 percent. Deputy ministers will be making an extra $6,315.00 per year effective April 1st. You can find it under orders of council on the queens printers page
and these are all the non-union opt-outs who were on a wage freeze for 6 years or something… they got their 2.2% and now they are frozen for another 2 years… they must be just pumping up morale around the office eh?
Cindy… thanks for the heads up… i did find that order… it is definitely dated the same day as well… very suspicious…
The only job categories that I’m aware of that are not-union but influenced by the government are: midwives (year-to-year contract with limited benefits from gov’t), provinical crown prosecutors, community peace officers, provincial judges (which you’ve detailed already). Also check out this Alberta government website. Their focus is stated on hiring new immigrants and foreign workers, not Albertans or other Canadians, which is sad to see http://www.albertacanada.com/employers.asp
That link is dead now… sad to say… many of the behind the scenes individuals in government jobs are non-union. They opted for this so that if there was a strike, not all employees would be gone. I am simply not sure what was offered but I recall they were told that their pay would be in line with union employees and it has absolutely not been.
… and let’s not forget that our new NDP government operated for 6+ months without a budget … talk about letting the fox into the hen house. Too bad we are stuck in this political quicksand … the more that we struggle, the faster it will suck us into the muck.
We need a government that has the smarts to produce a plan that can live within the means of the current financial situation.
I’m worried that we will get PST, higher income tax rates and additional fees to access government services that our taxes are supposed to be paying for now.
Maybe what the NDP needs is some grass roots citizen marches up the steps of the Legislature demanding some common sense be applied to governing!
They have been in power for 6 months and I have already seen two marches… they are socialists. I don’t think they care about Albertans.
As for their plan, I just want to see one.
I don’t think they have a plan. Whatever they are following seems to change weekly or monthly as they choose.
Peggy… that sure is how it looks to us private sector workers
I have found that in spite of Ezra Levant’s passion (which keeps him well on task) his reporting has been honest. His crew do the investigations and come up with the facts. His background knowledge helps link into treasure troves of information. Some information which is kept from us on purpose. Who else have the time, money, skills and knowledge to do this searching? Well, I thank him for doing this! We are living on the edge of a great precipice and only the efforts of people like him can we keep the band of honesty strong to keep us from going over the lying edge. Honesty is the best policy.
Well said young lady. On top of being right, he is entertaining.