It looks like union bosses are cracking the whip when it comes to disciplining workers who choose to cross picket lines.
That’s not so shocking.
What is shocking is that the courts are helping them do it.
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice Small Claims is ordering four members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada to pay the union thousands of dollars in fines.
PSAC imposed the fines because the workers dared to cross the picket line during a 2004 federal strike.
This is the first time a union in Ontario has levied such a fine.
And it likely won’t be the last.
It’s all pretty depressing.
It’s bad enough workers are forcibly unionized and compelled to pay union dues against their will, but now the courts are saying they don’t even have the right to cross a picket line.
Whatever happened to notions like democracy and freedom?