BC Ferries: union pay is too fat

The union rates of pay on BC Ferries are outrageous in comparison to United Steelworkers workers who have jobs that can cause body injuries

To the Editor,

Re: The buck stops here, Letters, Nov. 28.

Liz Stonard made comments without doing any research on the topic before shooting from the hip. She quotes, “top management have too many perks”. What about the union workers?

Presently there are more than 900 union employees that are making more than $75,000 per year in wages with a fully funded benefits plan paid for by the taxpayers. A gift shop cashier is paid $24.49 per hour, ticket attendant at boarding booth $24.85 per hour, coffee shop attendant $23.35 per hour, and a third cook $27.51 per hour.

In comparison to the United Steelworkers, a green chain puller in the sawmill is paid $25.93 per hour and a logging choker man is paid $26.94 per hour.

The union rates of pay on BC Ferries are outrageous in comparison to United Steelworkers workers who have jobs that can cause body injuries.

If BC Ferries management employee wages have to be frozen, then the BC Ferries union workers can do the same.

Joe Sawchuk,

Duncan

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