A lot of people think union negotiations don’t affect them. They don’t belong to unions. They think it’s unfair that union workers get so much more from employers than they do. That may be true. But that’s because collective bargaining gives workers a voice they would otherwise not have. The real issue isn’t that unions get so much, but that the rest of us get so little. Corporations are declaring record profits, and yet continue to erode worker benefits and compensation, all while exploiting tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share into the social framework that helps them function. Think unions don’t have an effect? Look at when the middle class emerged. Look at when it flourished. Now look at where it starts to erode. Help keep the middle class from being a flash in the economic pan. Locked out Coke workers are holding a line. Like all unions do. Without them, corporations will steamroll right over the working class. Even our legislators are bought and paid for by big business, and can no longer be counted upon to protect the interests of working Canadians.
Coke in particular has a brutal history when it comes to dealing with labour in its operations around the globe. You can read more about it here. Support locked out Coke workers, boycott Coke until they deal fairly, and follow along at #cokestrike.