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BC union fights based on Hotel California approach

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Interesting column in the Vancouver Sun today about the tight ties between the NDP and the labour movement. Though many readers may shake their heads at how these tight ties qualify as news, read on.

What’s at issue is conflict in the labour family. The Licensed Practical Nurses wanted to move from the Hospital Employees Union to the B.C. Nurses Union shows. That means the BCNU is now in the bad books of all the other unions – and the BC NDP. As the Vaughn Palmer points out, NDP Adrian Dix was as noticeable in his absence at the BCNU convention as he was noticed at the HEU confab.

Seems that BC unions view themselves as Hotel California – you can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave. For all the talk about democratic principles in action, the BC NDP and the unions sure hate it when the vote doesn’t go their way. In this case, members of a union decided they wanted to organize with a different union. It’s freedom of choice unless you choose to be free. And now these former brothers and sisters in arms are persona non grata.

You can read the whole column here.

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