November 28, 2018

Oshawa GM union bosses fought to block Alberta oil pipelines

Rebel Staff

On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I reported on the efforts of Unifor to prevent the construction and expansion of Alberta oil pipelines. 

I’m obviously sympathetic to those families in Oshawa. But could you imagine if that factory in Oshawa, and Chrysler’s factory in Brampton, had been the target of a ten-year propaganda campaign to shut them down?

Because that is exactly what has been done to Alberta’s oil industry for a decade — by Unifor.

It’s a sign of how broken Canada is, that not just union bosses, but the media, and the courts, and political leaders, and “civil society” including charities, take it for granted that it’s OK to attack oil and gas jobs, and to campaign and sue and protest them into submission.

But God forbid a car company wants to move away from Trudeau’s uncompetitive tax regime — well, it’s a national crisis, and Trudeau had better come with a bail-out...

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commented 2018-12-01 12:31:03 -0500
PETER LAWRYSHYN, it sounds like the union members need to organize against their union.
commented 2018-11-29 22:25:27 -0500
The leadership of Unifor, Canada’s behemoth labour organization with more than 300,000 members, gives unions a bad name in this country. It is the successor to the former Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) and still has auto workers as its core membership, although it recognized long ago, as Canadians in general should recognize, that the automobile manufacturing industry in Canada, for whatever reason (a whole different argument), is and has been in decline to the detriment of the country as a whole.

But Unifor is not concerned with the country as a whole. It’s only concerned with its own survival, so it survives by raiding other unions and organizing new labour groups using current membership dues. As a result, almost half of Unifor’s membership now consists of other industries not related to the automobile manufacturing industry.

Please understand, Ezra, that Unifor’s rank-and-file dues-paying members were not engaged in attacking Alberta’s oil and gas sector. Jerry Dias and his cronies at the top have their grubby paws on those members’ dues in order to, as you say, weaponize them. The dues-paying members on the assembly line have no idea day to day what Dias is up to.

Let me tell you what a scumbag this Dias character is: he was out there protesting pipelines, collecting his leftist political brownie points by destroying jobs in the oil and gas sector while at the same time counting close to 30,000 oil and gas workers among the ranks of Unifor members he’s supposed to be representing. Betcha didn’t know that, but you can look it up.

The one thing Dias is right about, though, is that General Motors has a legal contractual obligation to keep the plant running until the expiry of the current collective agreement in 2020, a legitimately actionable matter. But with Dias and Trudeau involved in it and Doug Ford possibly out, what do you want to bet that the taxpayer will unwittingly be on the hook for the two remaining years of wages, just like the last ten years as per the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s analysis of the previous GM bailout?
commented 2018-11-29 07:50:19 -0500
As far as the unions, left wing governments, their media mouthpieces, and the activist judges are concerned, they have for a few decades now been against Alberta’s oil and gas sector, but they are not against the $15 billion(ish) per year in Provincial Equalization payments that comes from that same oil and gas industry in Alberta.

It is too bad that the stupid shits do not realize that if they cut off the source of the income, that also shut off the income as well. They are rather stupid that way.
commented 2018-11-28 22:05:10 -0500
RON VOSS commented 10 hours ago
CLC president Hassan Yussuff, Unifor president Jerry Dias, and author of “This Changes Everything” Naomi Klein (author of the Leap Manifesto) on how unions can lead in the fight to save our planet.

Naomi Klein is the author of “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate” described as follows at Amazon: “The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core ‘free market’ ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.”

This answers the question, why did Unifor work to block Alberta pipelines which us understandable given their mindset. However, what’s with so-called conservative politicians and conservative political leaders aligning themselves with the likes of Dias and his friends to fight the notion of man-made climate change, which socialist Naomi Klein openly acknowledges is nothing less than a tool “to abandon the core ‘free market’ ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems”??