Letter: A company has right to hire and fire



Observing the International Longshore and Warehouse Union drama at the Port of Vancouver, I have the following remedies and suggestions to offer those ILWU members locked out from United Grain:

  1. The jobs from which you’ve been locked out don’t belong to you. They belong to the owner of the facility no matter what your minders tell you.

  2. Clearly these jobs can be performed successfully by others not in your union.

  3. If you signed the contract offered by the employer, you would be employed at wages that far outstrip your educational level.

  4. You were locked out for good reason. See point No. 1.

John Newton