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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:39 am
 


The Canadian Labour Congress, the umbrella organization for most of the country's labour organizations, has chosen a new president who has vowed to make the national body more militant in confronting management and the Harper Conservatives.

"If you move to strip working people of our rights, we will respond with a force that's never been seen in this country," Hassan Yussuff, who was the first person of colour to ever be elected to the CLC executive in 1999, told the CLC convention yesterday in the wake of his close victory over long-serving president Ken Georgetti, a B.C. pipefitter born in Trail who has been the Congress president since 1999.

SFU labour studies prof Mark Leier said that a turn toward militant activism would represent a dramatic shift for the CLC.

"The CLC has rarely been militant throughout its entire history," Leier wrote in an early morning email. "It has acted as a lobbying group at the federal level, done some workers' education, tried to settle disputes between unions, and been a forum to discuss labour issues, and it has run advertising campaigns, but it has never been the focus of militant action. That's partly a structural matter: it was never designed to be a bottom-up, militant organization, and Ken Georgetti did little to change that."

Leier said that changing the CLC's level of militant action had not been a priority for Georgetti.

During the election campaign, Georgetti defended his record, telling Rabble on April 29 that his tenure had seen many important gains for labour, and lots of fight back efforts.

Georgetti cited CLC efforts during the last three federal elections, the campaign to pass the Westray Act (which criminalizes management negligence that leads to worker deaths and injuries), and Municipalities Matter, a campaign focused on ensuring the election of labour-friendly candidates in municipal and school board elections. According to the CLC, about 70 per cent of the candidates they endorsed in the 2010 municipal elections in Ontario were elected.

Georgetti also cited the Fairness Works media campaign aimed at improving the public image of unions, as an example of his strategy in action. "It's been going fantastic," Georgetti said. On May 6, before the presidential balloting, the CLC convention delegates endorsed more funding for the media campaign, but in the wake of the Yussuff victory, some observers contacted at the CLC convention said that ongoing support for the media strategy might be at risk under the new leadership.



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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:41 am
 


About time. Will that include taking on the govt on TFW's and bringing in large numbers of immigrants during times of high unemployment, or will they chicken out for fear of being called racist? This guy would certainly be in a good position to fight that battle.


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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 1:52 pm
 


So, what do they think about non-union members working ... those "scabs" that are so despised. Do they still think that all scabs should die?


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Jabberwalker wrote:
So, what do they think about non-union members working ... those "scabs" that are so despised. Do they still think that all scabs should die?

You pick scabs, not kill them!


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fifeboy wrote:
Jabberwalker wrote:
So, what do they think about non-union members working ... those "scabs" that are so despised. Do they still think that all scabs should die?

You pick scabs...!



Not since the doc gave me those pills ...


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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 3:46 pm
 


There's a reason they call labour contracts, negotiations and scuttling them before the fact by using threats probably isn't a good idea. Being radical may make your members feel good about how tough their union is and get you elected but, in the real world it usually ends up pissing off your opponents and paints them into a corner when it comes to the give and take of the issues. Nobody likes to lose but with rhetoric like this it's a definite that somebody is going to and if I was to make a bet that somebody won't be the Government.

The Chinese had it right when they tried to make sure in every transaction nobody loses face which, to their detriment is something that the CLC doesn't seem to understand.


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