I’m not typically a conspiracy theorist but…
Is it psychological warfare? Maybe… Just hear me out on this:
Here is my ‘gasoline theory’:
So a few years ago we lived our little lives putting gas in our cars at 75¢ a liter. Not bad, we can all get gas at that price and still afford to pay the bills. Then we had this crazy month where the price went up to $1 per liter and we all just about freaked out. We were up in arms! Yes, even our easy going Saskatchewanian brothers and sisters were making some noise. But that just went on for a few months, and we figured out that the bills still got paid, it was getting tighter, but we weren’t starving… Then… $1.05 per liter for gas!! Outrageous! We won’t take it! Paying that type of money is unheard-of. What about $1.10??? NUTS I TELL YOU!!! But it stayed like that for a little while until us Saskatchewanians just simmered down a bit and yes, the bills got paid, and yes, it was a bit tighter, but we didn’t starve so ok, just spend a bit less. THEN, JUST LIKE A LIGHT FROM HEAVEN: THE COST OF GAS IS ONLY 95¢!!! YEAH!! We are so happy with this, husbands and wives are talking about how the price of gas is so awesome!! People dancing and singing!! We can’t believe how lucky we are… Now just think about this: we were trucking along at 75¢ and now that they have convinced us that we should be just jumping for joy when we are ONLY paying 95¢… hmmm how does that compute? That’s psychological warfare for you.
STOP BEING HAPPY WITH ‘GOOD ENOUGH’!!!
The current Saskatchewan government is doing the very same thing with us! ‘We need to take 3.5% from your pay checks’ WHAT??? NO!! THEY CAN’T! WE WON’T! NO WAY! This is our classic Saskatchewanian response… then they give a bit back… ‘OK, I guess we won’t try to steal 3.5% of the food out of your fridge or off your kid’s plates, but… how about we trade you by not giving you a raise for the next 4 years??? How’s that sound?’ Sounds great! What a great deal, we are basically getting a 3.5% raise because we get to keep all of the money we deserved in the first place… Come on guys. Think this through. THIS IS NOT A GIFT! This is the ‘gas theory’ all over again. They take and take and take until we can’t put food in the fridge anymore and then they slip you a ‘deal’ and we think we are winning??
NOT ONLY DO WE DESERVE TO KEEP THE INCOME THAT WE EARN NOW, BUT WE DESERVE A RAISE!!! SGI provides MAJOR dough to this province, through the hard work of every one of us!
DO NOT GIVE UP ANYTHING WE CURRENTLY HAVE AND DEMAND TO KEEP UP WITH THE RISING COST OF LIVING AND RAISING A FAMILY IN SASKATCHEWAN!!!
To quote the late great Canadian Gordon Downie’s song Eldorado. It shows my love/hate relationship with being paid as opposed to being paid what I'm worth and their expectation of staff to take cuts or no raise during contract talks:
“Tired of loving, recovering
So what's been going on lately?
Some of your Stewards attended a meeting and rally in Regina this week. Let me tell you, I LOVE RALLIES!! I love to scream and whistle and booo! It’s a blast and it also seems to be working! Looks like Bill 40 is going to be repealed!! AWESOME!! But please don’t be lulled into thinking this isn’t the ‘gas theory’ again. They took WAAAAY more than that away this year, which they HAVE NOT given back. Where’s STC? Where’s the money in Education? In Health Care? Please don’t forget that they have taken a lot away, but YES repealing Bill 40 is a WIN for sure.
In closing, thanks for listening to my ramblings and rampages. I’ll leave you with this pic of me stalking NDP MLA Dr. Ryan Meili at the rally LOL.
Stand together, Stand strong.