We stand by chamber petition

We stand by chamber petition Why are our WCB and Yukon Federation of Labour afraid of reviewing options? The petition is a request to have the powers that be look into options. Maybe, upon looking into the BC model, we find ways to improve our Yukon...

Why are our WCB and Yukon Federation of Labour afraid of reviewing options? 

The petition is a request to have the powers that be look into options.

Maybe, upon looking into the BC model, we find ways to improve our Yukon model.

I find it absurd WCB and the Yukon Federation of Labour compare themselves to business. 

Yukoners can buy local or go outside because of one key component Ð competition. 

How many Yukoners are willing to pay 13 times more to support local? 

Air North doesn’t ask you so spend $4,000 one way Ð 13 times more then the Air Canada rate. 

If it is not OK for injured workers to receive 21 per cent lower benefits why is it OK for some employers to pay 1,300 per cent higher rates?

Yukon businesses know they must be competitive Ð buy local can only go so far. It sounds like WCB has reasoned they don’t need to be a little more comparable.

WCB is a regulation body, not a business. One could say they are a monopoly, but it is more then just this.

The labour federation chooses to intimidate businesses by publicly calling them out.

Less time trying to intimidate and more time listening would be a far better course of action.

I do respect how WCB has chosen to respond to the request Ð with educational information.

I think a further step in the right direction would be to offer to look at how the system could be improved.

As one business I have no voice against WCB, but I can support my chamber to advocate for a better system.

We have spent a great deal of time speculating on the negative Ð higher training costs, higher fines, economic turmoil over job loss.

We’ve spent no time speculating on some of the positive benefits.

What about better training, better safety regulations, new jobs, solving Yukon-wide staff shortages, healthier businesses,  new businesses and what about that $4 million WCB lost just last year.

Let’s speculate what could we do to make Yukon a safer workplace and a better environment for business.

The key word here is ‘speculation’ as we won’t know the real implications unless, as a society, we ask the hard questions.

If Yukon has the worst safety record in the country, WCB should be jumping up and down with joy that Yukon employers want to look into this more closely.

Why do we pay the highest benefits in the country, the highest employer fees in the country and yet have the worst record?

Employers have put their money forward. What is failing us?

The Whitehorse chamber is doing its due diligence to advocate for their members to have the system looked at. 

I guess I would prefer less fear mongering and more focus on how to solve the issue identified by Yukon employers.

A simple look into the options is all that is being asked. 

Yukon is largely government. Private sector has a such a small voice. 

Business has become a bad word because of a few bad apples, which WCB protects the identity of.

Let’s not forget the majority of businesses do follow the rules, as WCB states, it makes good business sense to do so.

Yes my name and my business partner’s name will stand on the petition.

Tammy & Mark Beese, Beese Entertainment Publishing

Whitehorse