I heard a newstory about Fredericton firefighters just now that irks me. Apparently there were so many firefighters who called in sick yesterday, their positions had to be covered by other firefighters who were called in for overtime and even off of vacation. The employer feels that the number of people calling in sick was a protest to changes in their pension rules. Changes are being proposed (or maybe they've already been made, I cannot remember), which prevent overtime hours being taken into account for pension calculation. I can relate to the frustration over changes to the pension, but I bristle when people use "sick leave" to take job action. Sick leave is for people who are sick. When it comes to job action, have your union, the employer, and the employees sort it out.
To make matters worse, the employer now wants those firefighters to get a doctor's note to say they are fit to return to work. Hold on a second! A doctor who did not see someone yesterday can certify them fit for work, but cannot confirm they were sick yesterday. Doctor's are not magicians. Stop confusing sick leave, doctor's notes, and our already beleaguered medical system with being a tool to settle disputes between employers and their employees.
And keep in mind that if we continue to demand rich pensions, loaded benefit plans, and frivolous visits to the doctor's office, someone's taxes are going to go up. A whole bunch.