February 06, 2017

Union members call out Alberta Federation of Labour’s anti-Trump activism

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

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”.

If you’re in an AFL affiliated union, this is what your mandatory union dues are funding. It’s all anti-Trump, pro-refugee, social justice activism, but not jobs.

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.

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commented 2017-02-07 12:27:00 -0500
Our pm Liber- Lace has gone back to hiding the accountability of Indian chiefs and union thug bosses — carry on CRIMEMINISTER !!!!!
commented 2017-02-07 10:53:18 -0500
Canadian Private Sector Unions and their dopy leaders will ride the NDP to their demise . . .
already happening in many areas.
Not the Public Sector however who are taxpayer funded forever . . .
commented 2017-02-07 09:27:42 -0500
@ Regan – "Just cannot understand why the members who pay dues don’t call them out more on this crap. "

But what can they do without the legislation to back them up?
commented 2017-02-07 09:26:20 -0500
No union should be politically active at all for any party or ideology. Canada needs the legislation to restrict this type of activity.

Harper had made the first step by forcing the unions to open their books to make them more accountable, but then the Libranos immediately stopped that, pandering to the criminal union bosses. Back to hiding their activities.
commented 2017-02-07 08:24:24 -0500
Just cannot understand why the members who pay dues don’t call them out more on this crap. They seem to only care about members only politics, it will be the eventual death of them.
commented 2017-02-07 03:35:54 -0500
I hate how unions spend so much time and money on non labor related activities.
commented 2017-02-07 00:51:57 -0500
So in other words only the ones who play ball will get the notice and anyone who disagrees with the use of union resources for non union related activities is being abusive. WOW , they sure represent the common worker eh?
commented 2017-02-06 22:19:49 -0500
In the US the union members voted for Trump and their leaders followed their example later. The left is losing the blue collar worker. They are left with the elites, the public sector workers and the special interest groups.
commented 2017-02-06 21:44:45 -0500
Unions stink 😖💔 they’re bullies and have a hissyfit when some Members Defy them and cross the picket lines – I Applaud those who cross the Picket Lines 🔥❤️🔥
commented 2017-02-06 21:41:36 -0500
Why don’t you members get together and vote these bastards out , or at least for a temporary period decertify
These bastards are wrecking your futures
commented 2017-02-06 21:39:52 -0500
Like Craig, I was once a union member, but not by choice. I was involved in a strike, where at one meeting I pointed out that a strike in another sawmill resulted in its closure. The response from the non-local executive was that they had still won on principle. They won this strike on principle as well, the mill that ran three full shifts cut back to two, so a third laid off but not the out of town executive. By the way, this was in B/C during Non-Democratic Party’s Dave Barrett watch.

Went non-union where I received higher pay, no union dues, overtime work without having to get union approval, and merit pay. Much better way to earn university money.
commented 2017-02-06 21:33:06 -0500
I would love to see the members vote out the unions. They were voted in, and they can be voted out too.
commented 2017-02-06 21:01:02 -0500
I was a unionist and a union leader for decades. One of the first things any union does is change it’s quorum rules to suit haow few people actually show up for the meetings. Most members are crisis activists who only show up when their ox has been gored. Union leadership is seen as a stepping stone for a career in politics. I can assure you these people do not have the support of their rank and file members.
commented 2017-02-06 20:16:43 -0500
The louder the anti-Trumpers in the US, Canada and around the world scream and the more violent they become (while simultaneously claiming they are non-violent) the more we the sane intelligent people in the world know that they are loosing ground in their hate filled propaganda war. They are going out kicking and screaming like the little children that they are.