Web Poll: Ponoka News readers favour unions

There was a slight majority of readers who feel there is value in unions.

When it comes to unions, a slight majority of Ponoka News readers feel there is value in having them.

Ponoka News’ most recent web poll asked the question: Do you think unions are needed?

Of the 83 votes, 44 (53.01 per cent) spoke in favour of the question while 37 (44.58 per cent) voted against the idea. The remaining two votes (2.41 per cent) stated they were unsure.

The question came after the Town of Ponoka’s union staff voted in favour of a strike after labour negotiations between the two parties fell apart. It should be noted that staff are not yet on strike as the union must first give the town 72 hours notice. The union also has a 120-day strike action window.

For the most part, readers were relatively clear in their thoughts with simple answers such as “no” or “absolutely.” However, a discussion between a user under the name of ‘Bruce Warwick’ and reader Graham Boyes highlighted the split found in the web poll’s results.

For Warwick, the value of unions cannot be understated. “Without them we wouldn’t have a 40-hour work week, or anything close to it, we wouldn’t have paid holidays, or likely any holidays at all, we wouldn’t have safe working conditions, our children would still be labouring in unsafe jobs, and the list goes on.”

He added that non-unionized workers have benefited from these changes as well.

Boyes pointed out that those reasons illustrate why unions were needed but employment standards have changed that focus.

“As for today, if I understand correctly, many unions offer protection against arbitrary dismissal which employment standards do not, as well as of course collective bargaining,” said Boyes.

Regardless of the comments, the recent strike vote has created impassioned discussion among community members about the state of affairs at the Town of Ponoka.

Editor’s note: Some comments have been edited for grammar.

Ponoka News’ web polls are a way to engage with readers and get a feel for what residents want. They do not represent an official petition or plebiscite. Check at www.ponokanews.com/web-poll for more polls.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Alberta male team takes silver in Winter Games relay speed skating

Alberta was close behind Quebec in the team relay speed skating finals

Alberta was crowned champions in Wheelchair Basketball at Canada Winter Games

Ontario won silver while Quebec took home the bronze medal

Rabbits saved from barn fire in Ponoka County

The Ponoka County East District Fire Department was called to a barn fire

Bashaw peewee club’s season comes to an abrupt end

Players decide not to go into playoffs without one of their teammates

Ponoka man attacked by dogs issues plea to town council

Troubles with bylaw and handling of court case prompts presentation to council

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

WATCH: Pet therapy brings calmness to Winter Games athletes

Canada Winter Games in Red Deer continue on until March 2nd

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

Child advocacy centre raising funds through Dream Home Lottery

The child advocacy centre in Red Deer uses its resources to help kids all over Central Alberta

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Most Read