7.31.2009

globe and mail sinks to new depths to bash city workers

I tried to suspend home delivery of the Globe and Mail while we were away, but I guess my request didn't go through, as we came home to a small pile of newspapers.

That's how I saw not one, but two columns by union-basher Marcus Gee elevated to the front page. The G&M used Gee's columns as an excuse for giant, above-the-fold headlines for their one-sided stories.

On Tuesday, there was a litany of numbers ("36 days on strike, 4,425 cancelled day camps, lessons and programs..."), then "AND FOR WHAT?", in all caps.

Yesterday's headline "Miller alone in declaring victory for city" is accompanied by another Marcus Gee head: "The sick leave stays. Let the anger begin. The mayor will pay a price for the strike". Let the anger begin? Marcus Gee has been striking that match since day one.

Nothing like objective journalism. This is the same media that ridicules bloggers as all opinions and no facts. At least we're honest about what we do.

Congratulations to the CUPE workers for setting an example for all of us. It isn't easy to stand up for yourself in the face of such overwhelming negative public opinion. If all workers - all of us - were as strong and well organized, there wouldn't be such resentment of the city workers' benefits - because we'd all have what we deserve.

My fingers are crossed for today's vote in the City Council.

5 comments:

redsock said...

Beyond disgusting. Just imagine what the Star is doing. Day-umm.

I wouldn't mind dumping the G&M.

L-girl said...

I wouldn't mind dumping the G&M.

I hate so many things about it. And I wouldn't mind saving the money.

But I do like getting an actual newspaper every day. (Shows my age, I know.) And it's a well written, decent paper as those things go.

Plus they run my letters!

(Just kidding, that's not why I continue to get it.)

David Heap said...

I rarely read the daily press anywhere, but am in TO for a few days visiting, and read a few of the headlines about the settlement. I am a bit shocked that there were 17 (vs. 21) councilors who voted against the settlement. These boneheads actually wanted to send the negotiators back to the bargaining table?? Or just asking for the provincial gov't to legislate a settlement via binding arbitration?? Either way, the right wing on council seems seriously out of touch.

Another obnoxious headline from M. Gee today, and an "exclusive G&M poll" suggesting that many people want services like garbage collection privatized -- another silly idea (given that most large waste management companies also have unionized staff, so privatization would still mean the chance of a strike, PLUS a private entrepreneur taking a fat cut from the public purse).

David Heap said...

Maybe I should stick with CBC radio as a news source (though I am quite frustrated that they don't seem to think thousands of Hondurans marching in the face of brutal repression to bring back their elected president are at all newsworthy).

L-girl said...

I am a bit shocked that there were 17 (vs. 21) councilors who voted against the settlement. These boneheads actually wanted to send the negotiators back to the bargaining table?? Or just asking for the provincial gov't to legislate a settlement via binding arbitration??

Another possibility is that they were grandstanding for their constituents. That's how I see it - just talking tough, knowing they would be outvoted.

Another obnoxious headline from M. Gee today, and an "exclusive G&M poll" suggesting that many people want services like garbage collection privatized

Yes, as if anybody in this "poll" has adequate facts with which to make an informed decision.

If you haul trash for a private company, you may earn 1/3 less than your public counterparts. However, that's not the full amount the private company bills the city. After all, they have to turn a profit.

So they can pay their employees low and bill high. It doesn't save the taxpayer money - it only causes job standards to plummet, and fewer people to earn a decent living.