"London will see no work accomplished" this year for $540,000 in holiday pay and another $500,000 in overtime pay and lost revenue to bear the costs of helping Dalton McGuinty get himself re-elected last fall as Ontario Premier. Whether London would see $1 million worth of work accomplished on February 18th even if McGuinty hadn't declared it a mandatory day of congratulation for voting Liberal, otherwise known for some reason as Family Day, it is worth noting that municipal employees in Middlesex County will be working that day as usual, without extra pay. This raises the question of whether contracts and collective agreements in London require the City to recognize new statutory holidays, or whether administration here is taking the easy way out.
Some unionized employers, who already grant more than the nine statutory holidays Ontario requires a year at a minimum, have opted against granting the day off. Among them are the Ford St. Thomas assembly plant, the Cami Automotive plant in Ingersoll and Middlesex County. […] Still others, such as those at General Dynamics and London Life, will get the holiday in exchange for another day they expected off during the year.McGuinty, meanwhile, insists that forcing people to pay for nothing "will boost the economy."