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17 of 6,095 quotations related to Labour and Unions

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Barnett, Joel
... the only give and take in the social contract was that the government gave and the unions took.

Feb. 1982 - quoted in Read My Lips by Parris and Mason
Casselman, Leah  
 If they move this far with a threat of a [strike] vote, imagine how far they will move with a vote [to strike].

Feb. 26, 1999 - quoted in the National Post by John Ibbitson, gloating after the Ontario government made major concessions to try to settle a contract, but refused union demands for pay increases of 12% - 20% over two years
Coolidge, Calvin
There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.

Sep. 14, 1919 - from a telegram sent to American Federation of Labour union leader Samuel Gompers during a Boston police strike
Cotton, John
Let all the world learn to give mortal men no greater power than they are content they shall use - for use it they shall.

Frankfurter, Felix
If one man can be allowed to determine for himself what is law, every man can. That means first chaos, then tyranny. Legal process is an essential part of the democratic process.

1947 - from United States v. United Mine Workers of America (330 U.S. 258)
Grant, R.W.
... the labor union is becoming increasingly irrelevant. It served its legitimate historical purpose, but history is now passing it by. Just as well. The labor union is a zero-sum institution whose gains are generally at someone else's expense - and those someones are very often the poor.

1999 - from The Incredible Bread Machine, published by Fox and Wilkes
Jefferson, Thomas
To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves is sinful and tyrannical.

1779 - from Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, which became a model for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
L'Amour, Louis
Beware of those who would use violence, too often it is the violence they want and neither truth or freedom.

1984 - from The Walking Drum
Loney, Martin  
Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation bargainers are the shock troops of Canada's teachers' unions. A 1996 Ontario Ministry of Education report found the province's salaries were 15% higher than those of the nine other provinces following a decade of increases that outstripped the rest of the country ... The Ontario Teachers Pension Fund is one is one of the largest in North America. The OSSTF executive travels the province in a private jet. ... The salary on offer in Toronto is effectively for a 10-month year; pro rated it is around $85,000 [and] the benefits of Toronto teachers are in a class of their own with semi-private hospital care and dental benefits up to $10,000 annually ... Ontario's teachers work in Canada's most expensive public school system. The per capita cost in Alberta is $5,898 - nearly $1000 lower than Ontario ... Yet Ontario's results are alarming.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post
School swimming pools are emptied to save money, speech therapists laid off and budgets for teaching materials savaged while Ontario teachers continue to set new benchmarks for salaries. Until the province compels province-wide bargaining, the hemorrhage will continue. Alternatively, with per capita costs pushing $7,000, the government could simply by-pass school boards and give parents of school-aged children an equivalent voucher.

Feb. 8, 2001 - from "Ontario teachers' union gives lessons in greed", published in the National Post



Mencken, Henry Louis
Unionism seldom, if ever, uses such power as it has to insure better work; almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguarding bad work.

1922 - from Prejudices: Third Series
Thatcher, Margaret
We should back the workers, not the shirkers.

attributed
You can strike your way down, but you have to work your way up.

1983 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners.

1987 - from an election rally speech
Thomas, Clarence
It does no good to argue ideas with those who will respond as brutes.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
Thornton, Mark
No government intervention has been so widely debunked as the minimum wage... Like inflation, an increase in the minimum wage is a stealthy tax increase as well... Elites in both [U.S. federal political] parties love new government revenue, but they prefer to get it inconspicuously. If a tax increase can be passed off as a wage increase--and create the impression that government has done workers a favor--it's a winner all around. But don't call it a help to the poor who are fired or never hired, or whose higher earnings are taxed away, never to be seen again.

Nov. 1996 - from "Minimum Wage, Minimum Tax", published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute
Wilson, Harold
One man's wage rise is another man's price increase.

Jan. 11, 1970 - quoted in the London Observer and in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations