The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) helped bus people to an anti-Trump rally in Calgary. They sent an email to their member unions offering rides from locations in Edmonton to an event called the “National Day against Islamophobia and White Supremacy” at Olympic Plaza.
According to the email, the rally was to encourage Albertans to “Stand up and loudly proclaim that we are not interested in Trump-style approaches to refugees, immigration, and race relations here in Alberta”.
This didn’t sit well with some members of the United Utilities Workers Association. The UUWA represents energy and utilities workers including those at the Keephills and Sundance power plants and they were deluged with messages from angry members who didn’t like the anti-Trump activism of their union.
The UUWA was forced to respond to its members in an email.
“We have received negative reactions regarding our forwarding of the Saturday event information. No UUWA staff person or member should be subjected to abusive behaviour for merely providing information. As a result, at this time we will not be providing information regarding events other than our own through direct email to members.”
In the US, unions that historically supported Democrats but grew tired of the Democrat’s anti-job policies, are singing the praises of Trump.
Here at home, it's a different story.
Unions are still the labor arm of the NDP. Workers aren’t their reason for being. They are just a revenue source for their activism.