In the grown up world of real life though, for many working people fear is turning to anger.
Too many people are losing their jobs because of risky or incompetent management behaviour; all the while the CEOs keep collecting stratospheric paychecks.
On top of the terrible injury of job loss is the real insult of trying desperately, and often in vain, to collect the meagre benefits of the Employment Insurance system. Although we are in a global economic crisis, far too many Canadians are failing to qualify for EI now because of the where they live.
Even they seemed embarrassed by their own excess. There were reports of designer shops packaging purchases in plain paper bags.
But as going downscale lost its novelty, the rich have grown weary of their own embarrassment. Gratuitous extravagance is making a comeback. I noticed a Tiffany's ad in a Toronto newspaper last week for a "diamond solitaire on a platinum band of channel-set diamonds. From $3,550 to $1,000,000."
Clearly the rich are feeling good in their own skin again. Public wrath, having briefly nipped at the heels of the well-to-do, has moved on to the heels of the less well-heeled -- who also carry plain paper bags, but ones you can eat lunch out of.
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There's an excuse-me quality to the Toronto civic employees' strike. "We knew it was not going to be a popular strike," said union leader Ann Dembinski. She didn't request support, just "for the public to be understanding." Further down the (picket) line, it's the same. "We're not asking for anything. We just want to keep what we've got," said a district captain.
Unions are typically responsible for collective bargaining but what if a workplace has yet to be unionized? Workers still can effectively negotiate with employers as long as they maintain solidarity throughout. An employer can't risk all of her/his employees walking out at once or refusing certain tasks. Because of this workers can band together and make specific demands to improve the workplace. This guide will cover:
What collective bargaining is
How to decide demands
Marching on the boss