Should the 1,100 Canadian Tim Hortons’ franchisees unionize themselves?

December 7, 2017

Considering the Ontario Labour Relations Board’s ruling (The Ontario Labour Relations Board Opens The Door To Franchisee Unionization In The Canada Bread Certification Case), you’d think it’s worth looking at.

Do you think the Tim Hortons franchisees have understood that they’ll likely be paying 3G Capital for the privilege of exiting their stores?

  • ie. that the franchisor, currently, can unilaterally drive a franchisee’s equity into the negative and hide the fact from the market and other with confidentiality agreements.

Do you think the franchisees perceive themselves to be at war?

Having the experience without the understanding

January 13, 2011

That’s my birthday message.

Click the question for the Answer


Life is death: This is your garden

December 5, 2010

Miracles happen all the time. That is an empirical fact.

The promise is any human activity can become sanctified; become holy. It’s a gift we can never earn. We die physically once but have the free will to die many times before that.

Our end: keep our word, let the fear by go, and share.


And in my mind I still need a place to go, All my changes were there

July 23, 2010

Almost too many Canadians to count.

Perhaps the best music concert ever made into a film.

Helpless, Neil Young from The Last Waltz concert, 1976

There is a town in north Ontario,
With dream comfort memory to spare,
And in my mind
I still need a place to go,
All my changes were there.

Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky,
Throwing shadows on our eyes.
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless
Baby can you hear me now?
The chains are locked
and tied across the door,
Baby, sing with me somehow.

Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky,
Throwing shadows on our eyes.
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless.

Others sacrificed for your benefit

July 16, 2010

Do you think employers voluntarily gave employees an 8 hour day, 5 days a week?

It was fought for by good people, inch-by-inch, sometime in the past.

Just like don’t bitch about farmers with your mouth full, shut the hell up if you’re not a dues-paying member of an independent franchise association.

Otherwise you’re just a cry-baby.

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.

May 17, 2010

Once upon a time…

I’m free, 100% clean, I made it to the other side.

I behaved mostly okay, was given the gift of poverty without leaving home, and tried acted as if my life depended on it.

In business meetings, the old is always attended to before the new can be introduced (Tupperware, Country Style, Mr. Sub, Water Depot, WIP). The door’s open but the ride it ain’t free.

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.

It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth.

All that we call human history–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.

Χάρων, C.S. Lewis 1898-1963, Fisher King 1, 2 1991

The “Rosa Parks of Poland” dies in airplane crash

April 14, 2010

Good bye Anna.

the U.K. Guardian reports in Anna Walentynowicz, whose sacking led to the rise of Solidarity:

Anna Walentynowicz who died, aged 80, in the Smolensk plane disaster was the woman who began one of Poland’s most significant postwar events – the Gdansk shipyard strike in 1980 that led to the formation of the Solidarity trade union and, ultimately, the collapse of communism.

Every franchisee advocate I know has been despised by most everyone. Especially their “peers”.

A Polish free trade unionist it was her sacking in August 1980 that provoked the strike at the Lenin shipyard in which more than a million workers would eventually be involved.
Despised by the shipyard’s management, later in her working life she would be segregated from other employees for her actions. The crisis would come, however, when the management finally moved against her in August 1980, firing her a few months before she was due to retire.

It was this clumsy action that led to the strike, which occurred in the midst of a period of profound political and economic problems for the Communist regime. The consequence of that action, led by then electrician Lech Walesa, was the emergence of Solidarity and also the Gdansk Agreement, which saw the government give in to the workers’ demands for a new social contract. Within two years the union would have 10 million members.

AP reports that she saw herself this way: I was the drop that caused the cup of bitterness to overflow.

One person makes a majority.

A beautiful post on the That’s how the light gets in bog.

BTW: Rosa Parks

Get busy living or Get busy dying.

February 19, 2010

Brooks Hatlen (James Whitmore)
[in a letter to Red after being released on parole] Dear fellas, I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid, but now they’re everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. The parole board got me into this halfway house called “The Brewer” and a job bagging groceries at the Foodway. It’s hard work and I try to keep up, but my hands hurt most of the time. I don’t think the store manager likes me very much. Sometimes after work, I go to the park and feed the birds. I keep thinking Jake might just show up and say hello, but he never does. I hope wherever he is, he’s doin’ okay and makin’ new friends. I have trouble sleepin’ at night. I have bad dreams like I’m falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should get me a gun and rob the Foodway so they’d send me home. I could shoot the manager while I was at it, sort of like a bonus. I guess I’m too old for that sort of nonsense any more. I don’t like it here. I’m tired of being afraid all the time. I’ve decided not to stay. I doubt they’ll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crook like me.

Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins): Remember, Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.

The Shawshank Redemption

The right stuff

December 31, 2009

The very best to family and friends in 2010.


Tyranny is a by-product of cowardice

December 5, 2009

Well-dressed torturers are not just in developing nations.

Lots of people feel they have no choice but to do their “duty” or be replaced. They don’t like intimidation per se but, hey, Everybody’s got to make a living, right?

This is an interesting article where a former prisoner mentions:

…the men who arrested him were “handsome. In nice suits, with ties.” As one cuffed his hands behind his back, “I could hear the sound of his heart pounding, he was so afraid.”

This trauma counseller at the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, Ph.D.  and author of Torture in the Age of Fear has this to say:

No matter what he worked at for money, he always knew that…he could maintain his sense of pride and self through giving comfort to others. “Extending your humanity to others, you realize your own humanity in this way.”

Do franchisees that betray the other actually think they will escape future consequences?

They may fail to appreciate the sign.

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