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Friday, February 7, 2020

Outside hire, boss a liar, makes me want to start a fire

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2020 at 3:35 PM


When a job promotion opened up at my workplace and I filled in as acting-whatever for that same position—for the same pay with more work—and my boss took their sweet time with the hiring process, the job was given to a replica of its previous incompetent occupant. The irony is I'll end up training this person with my same benefits-less hourly wage, while they stumble through the learning process with their cozy salary in tow. Happy new year to me. — Filled In For What?

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Idle no more ya bastards!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 2:23 PM

I'm a recording artist trying to lay down a track, but there's been a big noisy stanky diesel truck idling outside my place for the last half hour. Turn off your engine and stop idling! Not only are you ruining the environment, you're loud rumbling truck is bugging the shit out of those of us trying to werk, bitch!
—Gangsta Rapper
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Shitty owners

Posted By on Wed, Sep 4, 2019 at 9:25 AM

I would like to dedicate this bitch to arrogant, entitled, think-your-shit-don’t-stink hospitality owners. Owning a restaurant doesn’t make you special or above the rest of us humans, so fuck you. Owning a restaurant doesn’t give you the right to yell at staff, so fuck you. Owning a restaurant doesn’t give you the right to force your staff to participate in penny-pinching schemes. Shame on you for not supporting staff members when they come to you regarding sexual assault matters within the workplace. And lastly, fuck you for creating a workplace environment that makes me physically sick.
—One Bad-ass Employee
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Friday, June 14, 2019


Posted By on Fri, Jun 14, 2019 at 3:34 PM

this guy at my work decided to start smelling my toes from the next cubicle over and i feel like he is trying to lick them now
—creepy steve
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Fired because of my mental health

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 1:33 PM

I took one day off, ONE, in the last five months to recover from a panic attack and deal with my anxiety disorder and I was fired for it. I have been an excellent employee, going as far to work unpaid time to help the owners out.

Employers in the city need to start understanding that mental health is just as serious as any illness or disability and should be treated as such.
—Stressed and depressed

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Reign 'em in, Stephen! But stop burning every tree in the province

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 1:04 PM

I'm a member of a union. I do not support the teachers or the nurses unions. At negotiation time they say it's not about the money. Well, it certainly was about the money for several decades up to now which is why every other aspect of those public institutions and the people they serve are suffering now. I support the Liberals reigning it all in. I support unions who care about the un-unionized. Only there aren't any of those.

I'm putting my energy in to supporting people with no sick days, no paid vacations, no benefits, no medical, no pension. I'm taking a stand against clear cutting and burning wildlife habitat.
—Enjoy Your Paid March Break

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Teachers and Government: Go to arbitration

Posted on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 11:11 AM

The only way to fix this mess with the teachers is to send it to arbitration. The government and the union would identify the key compensation issues—wages, long service award and retirement health benefits and then establish a floor and ceiling for potential choices for the arbitrator. For example, the parties could agree to having an arbitrator choose a wage increase somewhere between a half percent to one percent per year. The arbitrator could choose between $0 for a long service award or up to $800 a year for years of service. The arbitrator could choose between $0 and $300 a year for teachers to pay health benefits. They should bracket the arbitration, get on with it and get a fair settlement by an independent third party operating under mutually agreed parameters/constraints. —The I want a fair solution person
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Reasonable wage increase for public sector workers

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

According to NS budget documents the real GDP in the province is going to increase each year between 0.8 percent and 0.9 percent from 2015 to 2018. If the economy grew the government should be able to give the workers a raise. Why not three quarters of a percent each year for public sector workers for the four years. At the end of the contract switch to a different more affordable formula for the long service award.

Politicians shouldn't give less and unions shouldn't ask for more. —Citizen for fairness

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Teachers are leeches holding us to ransom

Posted on Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 1:39 PM

All of the demands the teachers want will come of the backs of people on low/minimum wage. I don't get a vote when they are threatening to strike or or work to rule but I sure do pay for it. It's low wagers that can't afford to take time off work while teachers blackmail us. Teachers don't shout about their pay increase demands. The pay increase they want is bigger than anything the majority of Nova Scotia will get anytime soon. Teachers withdraw your pay increase demands and start teaching and doing your prep in the nine or 10 paid vacation weeks you get every year. Not to mention the pension you get. Low wagers have had enough of your bullshit. —Sick of leecher-teachers on my back
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Okay enough already

Posted on Sat, Dec 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Okay enough already with the labour problems. Each week seems to bring a new low. Today it was a story in the paper about some firefighters dressed as Santa Claus not being able to give out presents.

Here's what should be done:

1) Everybody gets an increase of three-quarters of a percent each year of the contract for 4 years.
2) All unions adopt the long service award formula used by the teachers
3) The teachers pay towards their retirement health benefits in a phased in way with 3% paid the first year and increasing by 3% each year until they're the same as other public sector workers.

I'm hoping that this doesn't go on much longer. If they can't decide soon, then please send it to an arbitrator so that this can be resolved in a timely manner. Things are so toxic I'm not very optimistic that the groups themselves are going to be able to settle this. –The “Okay enough already” guy

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Three Percent Wage Offer

Posted on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 at 2:28 PM

The best deal for government is 3 percent in the final year of the 4 year contract while the best deal for government workers is 3 percent in the first year of the contract. So, why not split the difference and have a 3/4 percent increase each of the 4 years for unionized workers with managers getting a 1/2 percent increase as they don't pay union dues.

To save money they could do the following: have the civil service and health care workers adopt the less lucrative long term service award formula as the teachers while for the teachers they could phase in a contribution towards their health care costs of 5% each year of the contract until they are the same as other workers in the public sector. This should be about sustainability and equity not about attacking public sector workers.

If this seems unreasonable to both sides then lets send it to arbitration where a neutral third party can sort out the issues.

Hopefully at some point in the future we can move to a more rational process with real GDP and CPI being used to identify the appropriate change in compensation and avoid the bickering and have a fair process which respects the rights of workers and sensitivity to the fiscal challenges faced by government. —Lets give workers a fairer 3 percent

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Not ALL Halifax parents support the NSTU!

Posted on Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Hey media outlets, not all of us parents support a teachers strike! Teachers say their Service Award is non-negotiable, so clearly at least part of their problem is the money. They get up to $20,000 at the end of their career through this award, and that's on top of their healthy pension. Should taxpayers pay for that payout? NO! Teachers are also saying they will walk out because they have too much student tracking to do. Please tell me how knowing the strengths and needs of your students is a bad thing? Wouldn't that make customizing your lessons easier? Oh, right, it cuts into the time you have to give extra help—well how about doing that paperwork during the monthly PD day, or during your March Break, or say, during one of your OFF periods? Gee, time management is SO hard. But, please, tell me again how this is “all about the children.” When I was a student teacher I remember the NSTU boasting about how it literally runs the public school system and can get the government to do what it wants if they threaten to strike. That's the type of union attitude that makes me sick. (I did not end up joining the NSTU.) Our children are legally entitled to an education—no, not a babysitting service, but an education. If they go on strike, they are violating our children's legal right to an education, plain and simple. So NO, this parent does not support the NSTU. —Anti-NSTU
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