If the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority can save money by contracting out some or all of its home care services to private, licensed agencies, I can’t image why anyone would be opposed to it.

If the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority can save money by contracting out some or all of its home care services to private, licensed agencies, I can’t image why anyone would be opposed to it.

Except for the public sector unions of course, whose mandate it is to protect their members’ jobs. That I get. Unions like the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union are lighting their hair on fire over news the WRHA is looking to contract out some home care services. MGEU brass are opposed to such a move not because it would compromise patient care. They’re opposed to it because it may mean fewer dues paying members in their shop over time.

Unions are businesses just like any other (except they don’t pay taxes) and it’s their job to grow and protect their market share. When they see government looking to outsource services that may cut into their market share, they revolt, organize rallies and use scare tactics to try to rattle the public. That’s how it works.

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