April 30, 2015

"Socialists sticking up for millionaire hockey players": NDP uses phoney patriotism to oppose union transparency

Brian LilleyRebel Co-Founder
 

Some politicians are hoping that by invoking hockey they can make people forget about corrupt unions, like the NHL Player's Association.

The union representing NHL players is the reason why new laws are needed to force unions to disclose how dues money is spent.

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commented 2015-05-01 19:35:43 -0400
Unions enjoy tax free status . . . therefore they should be 100% transparent . . . period ! ! !
If they want privacy . . . become a Private Corporation . . . go for it ! ! !

The NDP . . . the party of the 20th Century . . . is concerned about the NHLPA ? I really doubt it, but I would certainly like to know how much union locals donates to this party of know-nothings.
commented 2015-05-01 10:30:21 -0400
While I am Canadian through and through, I don’t care for hockey. Never have never will. Its a kids game played by a bunch of grown men that act like petulant children. I imagine things are all rosy and gravy train with the NHLPA until a little bit of money starts to dwindle. The entitlement these and most other sports figures seem to feel they are worth is the fault of A? the unions and B/ the owners who absolutely have to have the Cup every year and will sell their own mother to get it. They’ve created the mess they have and it will only be a matter of time before they too are looking for a bailout.
commented 2015-05-01 09:29:26 -0400
I am surprised that workers who pay union dues are not more strident in their demands for accountability and transparency!
commented 2015-05-01 07:45:54 -0400
The Dips are just trying to beat the Libranos to building the first public sector union-government amalgamation – basically government run by government employees and the heck with the rest of us poor schmucks who feed this fat revenue monopoly with our labour and property – somewhere Saul Alinsky is smiling thinking someone realized his dream of a unionized bureaucracy.
commented 2015-04-30 21:05:36 -0400
Keep people watching the circus while Rome burns. Nothing has changed.
commented 2015-04-30 20:49:10 -0400
Sorry for the double post. Computer froze. Mods, please feel free to delete one.
commented 2015-04-30 20:37:59 -0400
There’s nothing quite as hypocritical as a dyed in the (pur) wool Dipper going to bat for a bunch of 1%ers who flaunt their wealth more brazenly than a lot of corporate CEO’s. But then, as is suggested in this piece, the leaders and oligarchs of some (definitely not all) unions have been bedding down with dogs for a long time. While I support transparency laws that would at minimum give union members the same rights to financial disclosure by “their” associations as members of other member-owned organizations (like credit unions for instance), I also believe that we need a lot more in terms of intervention to address the pernicious infiltration of certain unions by organized crime.

In some ways we are exactly where the Americans were in the1960’s, when the mob had its hooks into certain large unions, politicians, the police, the judiciary and the business community. Even though, laws much more stringent than those proposed in Canada, had been in place in the US since the 1950s, members of mobbed-up unions could do nothing to take back their unions. Simply knowing that their money was being squandered on gold-plated salaries, fat pensions, private jets and other largess for their leaders did not empower the members to do anything. Taking on the union oligarchs and their mob buddies meant loss of employment, beatings and worse.

Transparency laws are a good start but a lot more is needed to enable union members to take back their unions and turn them into truly democratic organizations. I don’t think that any level of government or any political party is really interested in supporting this goal.
commented 2015-04-30 20:31:36 -0400
There’s nothing quite as hypocritical as a dyed in the (pur) wool Dipper going to bat for a bunch of 1%ers who flaunt their wealth more brazenly than a lot of corporate CEO’s. But then, a is suggested in this piece, the leaders and oligarchs of some (definitely not all) unions have been bedding down with dogs for a long time. While I support transparency laws that would at minimum give union members the same rights to financial disclosure by “their” associations as members of other member-owned organizations (like credit unions for instance), I also believe that we need a lot more in terms of intervention to address the pernicious infiltration of certain unions by organized crime.

In some ways we are exactly where the Americans were in the1960’s, when the mob had its hooks into certain large unions, politicians, the police, the judiciary and the business community. Even though, laws much more stringent than those proposed in Canada, had been in place in the US since the 1950s, members of mobbed-up unions could do nothing to take back their unions. Simply knowing that their money was being squandered on gold-plated salaries, fat pensions, private jets and other largess for their leaders did not empower the members to do anything. Taking on the union oligarchs and their mob buddies meant loss of employment, beatings and worse.

Transparency laws are a good start but a lot more is needed to enable union members to take back their unions and turn them into truly democratic organizations. I don’t think that any level of government or any political party is really interested in supporting this goal.