In today’s Globe and Mail, Ken Neumann, the national director for Canada of the United Steelworkers of America, takes Buzz Hargrove to task because he supported the Paul Martin Liberals during the last election.
“The CAW and Buzz Hargrove have every right to endorse Liberal candidates in any election, if that’s what they feel is in their interests. But it’s important Canadians know that the vast majority of unions and their leaders simply don’t agree and are sticking to supporting the New Democratic Party as the best choice for working people.”
What’s interesting about this statement is the way Neumann says “unions and their leaders” support the NDP.
He puts it that way because he knows full well that most unionized workers don’t support the New Democrats.
Yet Neumann and Hargrove force these workers to subsidize the NDP through their forced union dues.
That’s an issue that’s much more important than whether or not Hargrove is betraying “working people”.
The fact is “working people” should have the right to make up their own minds regardless of what their bosses think.