There are too many belly laughs to be had at the moment, I am in stitches and it really hurts. So pleeeeassse stop!
This tickled me to the point of apoplexy. So while everyone else is shedding jobs, trimming costs and taking furloughs or direct pay cuts, feeling the strain of increased health costs, the Bermuda Industrial Union chooses to increase subscriptions.
What a fantastic example the leadership makes, but of course, Mr Furbert does not take responsibility. He says: “The increase in dues does not come from the executive board — the divisions put the increase forward and it has since been adopted.” Sorry, the boss takes the credit – and the blame. Don’t tell me the BIU does not blame the boss?
Did you oppose it Mr Furbert? You owe your membership an explanation, don’t you think? Did you put forward alternatives like you do at the negotiating table? Did you threaten to march on BIU headquarters in solidarity with your members?
And why not reveal your salaries? He is quoted as saying: “When you look at BIU wages, they’re compared to any other organisation like us.”
Please say which organization/s, I would really like to make a reasoned comparison and I am sure your members would. I am sure their working day also starts at 8am and finishes ‘until’ – that is when they have finished their second jobs.
(Actually, I take that back, there is no comparable organization, as any comparable organization lives in the real world.)
To add salt to the wound Mr Furbert also says: “the BIU, whether or not a lot of people realise it is a business — we have operational expenses which are mainly covered by dues, and have been since the union formed over 60 years ago”.
Well, that is BS isn’t it? If it was run as a business, well … those running a business know what I want to say….
A question Mr Furbert: can you really, now, go to the negotiating table asking businesses to give union members a pay rise, asking them to find cuts somewhere else etc, with a straight face?
UPDATE: Mr Furbert stated this in a later version of the story: “We’ve all been on furlough days since October of last year. It’s extremely difficult. But we do recognise that once the Government workers took that furlough day, we had to make a decision to cut our expenses, to have layoffs or to give up a day, so everybody decided to give up a day.”
I am glad that is the case, however my other points still stand.