Gene Balfour's blog

To join, or not to join - THAT should be the question!

  • Posted on: 13 January 2013
  • By: Gene Balfour

The time has come to repeal the legislation that mandates all Ontario teachers be a union member. Each teacher must be empowered with the right to choose whether or not to be associated in any manner whatsoever with a union. This right is the real basis of democracy but, somewhere in our political past, taken from our teachers and replaced by Union organizations that have lost their moral compass  and taken actions and positions that now reflects badly on the teaching profession as a whole.

Children's Rights Agreement - CHILDRA

  • Posted on: 31 December 2012
  • By: Gene Balfour

The recent teachers strikes have showcased a societal drama about pitting employees against employers in order to strike an “acceptable agreement” between both parties concerning costs and compensation. Throughout this drama, however, there has been one “party” conspicuously absent at the “negotiating table” - - - our children.

Union strikes as a property rights issue.

  • Posted on: 14 December 2012
  • By: Gene Balfour

One of our Facebook readers was confused about how union strikes as a property rights issue.  Here is how I see it.... 

All successful businesses [aka 'employers']  require, among other things, labour in order to produce the goods and/or services that generate business revenues. To acquire this labour, they create jobs and run employment competitions to find and hire the "best fit" job candidates at free market prices. These jobs are the property of the business owner as is the money from which wages are paid.

The OLP defends the Right to Work for ALL Ontario citizens equally ….

  • Posted on: 13 December 2012
  • By: Gene Balfour

Every citizen should have the right to a safe and equitable workplace where they are free to pursue their own individual interests in alignment with their employers’ and without interference from third parties. This right does not exist in a unionized work place that is not governed by Right to Work legislation.

"Put me in charge . . .."

  • Posted on: 7 December 2012
  • By: Gene Balfour

Has anyone else seen this ???   It was sent to me today by an old friend .  I call it "PUT ME IN CHARGE" and its message can be summarized by the final quote: 

      "The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a  living."

For me, this message  beautifully addresses the 'entitlement attitude' that seems so common today amongst the electorate and it does so in a very interesting and forthright manner - somewhat blunt, maybe, but still an appropriate message just the same. 

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