Holy irony, Batman! After weeks and weeks of chatter about Toronto being taken hostage by the G20 meeting later this month, it appears that 5,500 or so unionized workers at 32 hotels have voted 94.2% in favour of a strike just as the world rolls into town if talks with management break down. Nothing like a little labour unrest fly in the ointment.
This may also present quite a conundrum for the usual suspects of anti-union opinion who’ve recently been railing against the cost and inconvenience of the gathering of international bigwigs. Who are they going to side with on this one? “Oooooo, government boondoggle but I hate unions so much! Free spending governments suck but so do unions!!” What’s a reactionary to do, propped up as they are on the horns of such a diametrically opposed dilemma?
It’s hard to imagine any of them ever siding with a union. That would be too much cognitive dissonance to cope with even for those used to high dosages of the stuff. To them, unions are the root of all things bad and evil and any display of support for them will only encourage their lazy, shiftless, socialist ways. Even if this means expressing indignation and outrage on behalf of the poor, little, put upon G20 folks who are spending northward of a billion dollars of hard earned taxpayers money to lock down this city right as tourist season ramps up. More than a billion dollars!! Are you fucking kidding me?! How is that even possi—
Wait, wait. It was the unions I was bashing. Don’t get sidetracked. Remember. The source of all your frustration is unionism. If there weren’t any unions, there wouldn’t be any problems. Everything would be fine. Governments wouldn’t have to go around spending more than a billion dollars to host a 3 day event. They’re forced to dole out that kind of money because of unions. There is no other reasonable explanation for such an outrageous raping of the public purse! I mean, really?! More than one billion dollars!? That’s like, 9 zeros or something, isn’t it?? Shouldn’t someone have to clear that kind of amount before just pissing it away on one big photo op?! You’re working for us, remember? It is not your money to do with whatever strikes your fancy at the—
Focus, focus. You’re angry at the unions right now. They’re the bad guys in all this. In everything. As much as you hate the idea of our government spending more than a billion dollars for no discernible reason whatsoever, it’s unions that really get stuck in your craw. Imagine what’ll happen if the carry through with their vicious threat to strike during the G20, when all the world is watching. We’ll become an international laughing stock. Embarrassed on the world’s stage. Remember Mel Lastman talking cannibalism before going off to Africa or being clueless about the W.H.O.? Remember all the cringing and apologizing to your non-Canadian friends?
So just imagine how bad it’ll look to have uppity low wage, probably immigrant labourers kicking dirt in the faces of the most powerful people (at least the elected ones) on this planet. People who are taking time out of their very busy schedule (oil slick and volcano eruption willing) to come and deal with the very problems that these low wage, probably immigrant labourers are facing. How about showing some gratitude, coolies! If it weren’t for the policies of those at the head of the G20, you’d all probably still be back in your own countries, toiling away in some horrific sweatshop instead of living the life of leisure you do now, cleaning our dirty sheets and serving us overpriced meals.
Know your place, unions. It ain’t the `20s anymore. The war’s over. You lost. There are bigger fish to fry.
Like governments who spend one billion dollars ($1, 000, 000, 000+) to host some ego-stroking gathering of big shots. Who do these people think they are?! The Rockefellers?? It’s about time somebody stood up to these people and told them, enough is enough!
— whiplash-inducingly submitted by Cityslikr
It really is a staggering amount of money to inconvenience an entire metropolitan area. I still fail to understand what benefit there is to hosting the G20. It basically shuts down the core of the city and costs $1B so we can puff out our chests and say look at us we are hosting the G20, Really???? This should be held at some remote resort somewhere where they can control the roads and airspace without disrupting 4 million people. That’s it, I am moving to the burbs!
Would be nice to know how much of this mind boggling amount is being spent in Toronto. If it all goes to local businesses and their employees then the damage is not as bad as it seems. Now, if most of the money is spent outside the city, or worse outside the country, then we have a real problem. Can we really criticize the expenditure without knowing where the money goes?
I have a friend who is a policeman and he told me they will all be issued brand new gas masks at a cost of $400 each, multiply that by the tens of thousands of police that will be in for the G20 and you have a start. Not to mention the 40 hours of overtime they will all be working that week.
They need to spend so much money because of all you pot smoking, terrorist loving, homosexual accepting Torontonian hooligans, rioters and troublemakers. If you would just behave, keep working, don’t protest, don’t riot…in fact don’t ever say or do anything disagreeable, the cost savings would be huge. Right?