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North American labor unions: bad week for union mobs & goons; good week for the rest of us

The media reports of the news about the passage of a pro-citizen, pro-Michigan right-to-work law, and of Canada’s new federal union transparency law are fun. Of course by “fun” I mean it’s fun when you can predict with exacting accuracy the tone and substance of news stories even before they’re written.

The liberal-left news media report some things  —  like right-to-work and union transparency  laws  —  as if they are self-evidently bad things. So when they happen, it’s not just “a bad week,” but in some cases, they’re reported as outright tragedies and examples of Republican or Conservative travesties of “worker justice” (or some other socialist code-term employing the specious suffix “justice.”)

Most make an good attempt at pretending to report objectively, as they are well-practiced at doing this, but their reports are actually just replete with opponents’ views of the laws. Other simply begin with the lament: for example, a Yahoo News blogger begins his article like this:

“It hasn’t been the best of weeks for the labour movement in North America.”

Of course he’s exactly wrong.

To be charitable, I’ll allow that by “labour movement,” the author must really mean those big far-left labor union bosses and their union mob goons, such as those protesting  —  violently  —  against the democratic actions passed this past week by our various governments, whom we elected to do exactly what they did. He really should have stuck some of those media scare quotes around the term “labour movement” the way they sometimes do when tendentiously referring to “the war on terror” or to “pro-life,” because it’s actually good news for the real labor movement  —  that being regular working people and all the other normal citizens alike.

Yes the rest of us  —  most normal workers, union or not  —  are the real labor movement.  And we are actually popping corks, because it has of course been a great week for people engaged in, you know, “work” and “providing for our families,” and for those of us who don’t enjoy “being forced to join a left-wing political mob simply to get a job,” and “financing left-wing causes unbeknownst to us and often vehemently against our conscience and free will,” and so on.

Of course many in Canada’s journalistic hit squads are themselves encumbered (happily, it seems —  they’re a strange lot who seem to embrace their conflicted, Stockholm Syndrome-like union existence) by those very unions whose finances are now going to be subject to more transparency, including the extent to which their union financially support left-wing and far-left wing and sometimes downright Marxist political causes. They were forced to join their union, and forced to pay their dues. And then their dues are used for left-wing politics. And then they report on politics. Assuming they’re not actually affected by some malediction like Stockholm Syndrome or hypocrisy or horribly corrupt journalism, the fact they don’t complain about this tells us a lot. For example, it tells us that they may well embrace this left-wing political advocacy.

When this kind of union transparency enlightenment happened in the United States years ago, countless union bosses and union executives were jailed.

“Bill C-377 is similar to a law unions opposed in the United States that has helped to lead to a stream of union officials being carted off to prison after millions of dollars in union dues disappeared.

Charges ranged from embezzlement to using dues to pay for prostitutes, weddings, vacations, golf tournaments, NFL tickets and other things.”

— Sun News Network

Will that happen in Canada? Well if it does, it might not get much media attention from the mainstream media union members. Again with the fun predictability. Just as the Michigan labor union mob goons, who violently attacked those who dared speak in favor of the changes that their democratically-elected officials were about to pass, did not get much attention if any real attention at all, I expect a full whitewashing and burying of the future news about the perfidy of Canada’s union bosses.

For an example of the selective non-reporting, this episode happened in Michigan, which only conservative bloggers and some transparent and more open-minded folks like me and news media like Sun News in Canada and Fox News in the U.S. did see fit to report (


… And not that I’m trying to make an even better week out of this than it was, this example of selective non-reporting of a horrible, violent union goon mob has a silver lining around it too: as the video goes viral, it further advances the ongoing decline of the liberal-left mainstream media, in favor of the more honest, non-union reporting of citizen bloggers like me.

Normal people remember when the mainstream media tried their hardest to make every tea party rally, at which the people were all nice, patriotic, well-meaning peaceful just-plain-folks, who left their rallies in a cleaner state than when they got there, into an “yet another example” of supposed right-wing or conservative “anger” and “racism” and “thuggery” (all provable lies.) And then they will juxtapose those stories with the selective non-reporting of these actual, overtly violent, left-wing mob protests.

If every week moving forward were going as “bad” as this past one, we’re all going to be in much better shape very soon.


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Media join progressive gov in faking-out citizens; call state agencies “corporations”

Is it any wonder the socialists like the NDP poll so well? Well it’s been a long road. And with the liberal media’s help, it’s working. As I’ve been warning for years.

Every day brings us more examples of a progressive government and media-driven agenda of blurring what should be blatant lines of demarcation between government and its state-owned, state-run divisions posing as “corporations,” which operate in (and wreck) the marketplace  —  and real, regular old free-market, free-enterprise, capitalist corporations.

It’s deception at work, by progressives in government and media, and as I’ve pointed out before, academia.

Calling what are de facto state-owned, state-run government departments or agencies “corporations” is pure  —  and purposeful —  deception. Slight of hand. Fakery. And they all know it.

Here’s how one citizen was faked-out, as I blogged about it back in 2008. He decided to sue the BC Lottery “Corporation” (BCLC) —  a 100% state-owned, state-run gambling syndicate which scams citizens into gambling away their after-tax cash in casinos, and buying their lottery tickets. The media wrote up his main talking point perfectly (for their purposes), quoting the citizen as saying this: “It’s about keeping corporations honest, that’s really what it’s about.”

Not governments, see… “corporations!” Eureka, progressives! It’s working!

Government divisions posing as if they’re “corporations” should be pointed out and their place in a free-market capitalist democracy questioned by the media at every possible opportunity. Not covered-up or glossed-over or white-washed or ignored, at every opportunity. They shouldn’t aid and abet the scam.

Today the story is about another socialist venture. It’s the 100% state-owned, state-run car insurance monopoly deceptively called the “Insurance Corporation of BC” (ICBC). It was “incorporated” by a socialist NDP government years ago, which took over the car insurance industry, and which has been nurtured and exponentially enlarged by successive progressive-left liberal governments to this very day. With no end in sight.

The government’s car insurance workers’ union has voted to go on strike, yet again. That strike is not even my point here, but I hope they never settle the strike, ever, which might help drive my point home (pun intended) until the socialist/fascist farce comes crashing to a halt.

Throughout their reporting, the media refers to ICBC as “the corporation”  —  as if it’s another normal capitalist, free-enterprise, free-market corporate entity, competing in the free marketplace, like Coke and Microsoft.

In fact in this Canadian Press story posted at CTV’s web site, as usual, the world “government” doesn’t even appear, even though it’s ALL ABOUT government, and not about any normal “corporation.”

ICBC workers’ union issues 72-hour strike notice
[…] The board ruled the union could take limited job action while it sorts out what is and isn’t essential for the corporation, which insures all B.C. drivers. …

“The corporation” is actually the government of course. Again: ICBC is 100% owned and run by the government.

Just as the marketplace and capitalism has been mangled by government intrusions and meddling, with the help of the media, public perceptions have become purposefully mangled. And the citizens now turn against corporations, writ large  — instead of more properly turning against the real villain  —  progressive, left-wing government.

Here’s another similar blog entry I wrote a couple years ago:

Vancouver Sun pretends a 100% government-owned division is a “Business”

March 4, 2010 By Joel Johannesen


The reported revenue drop notwithstanding, how is this a “business” story?  How does this belong on the “Business” pages of a newspaper? BC Hydro is a giant government division.  A government operation.  It’s 100% government.  Its board of directors are appointed directly by the government —the cabinet, and reports directly to the government.  It is absolutely nothing to do with “business”.  It even has one of those left-wing, authoritarian sounding names:  BC Hydro and Power Authority.

Once again we have an example of either totally confused, useful idiots running the liberal media — one which has been suckered over the years by progressives and other Fabian socialists into thinking that a 100% government “corporation” is actually a business, further blurring the lines between government and the private/business;  or a liberal media which has actually been co-opted into helping blur those lines.

And once again this reminds me of how one citizen, already fully deluded and indoctrinated, was quoted in this same Vancouver Sun, when he decided he needed to sue the 100% government-owned division of the government hideously called the BC Lottery “Corporation”, as saying that his reason for suing that “corporation” was this:  “It’s about keeping corporations honest, that’s really what it’s about.”

Well done, progressives and your media division.


It doesn’t end with these three examples. There are hundreds of examples. So many that even you conservative readers’ eyes are now impervious to the progressives’ scam.

Here’s just a couple more of my previous efforts to properly inform you in lieu of an honest media:

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Trim the Fat Off The Big Fat-Ass Labor Union Morass

Here’s some not-shocking, not-news: I’m not a big pro-labor union guy.

Now here’s the tired old requisite qualifier that we seem to have to include lest we be branded as right-wing radical fundamentalists, etc: I’ve been a union member, some of my best friends are union members, I respect most of the union members, on their own.

But those big labor unions they are forced to belong to, too often against their will, are a giant ass holus-bolus. I think they’re fat and corrupt. And not just because they’re political far-left progressives, political special interests and cronies, and pseudo-corporations bent on lobbying and advancing their greedy self-interests at the expense of others while also advocating the left-wing and far-left politics that further advances their rear ends. (But yeah, that all makes them bad.) It’s also the fact that despite the cheeky smile they put on for the naive of the world, they are not focused squarely on fairness and worker safety in workplaces, anymore. They do pretend to be  —  much as the liberal news media pretend to be objective. But they have posterior -sorry ulterior- motives.

Ken Lewenza of the militant extreme leftist CAW

One of the biggest extreme leftist asses in the labor union brigade: Ken Lewenza of the CAW, who glibly blamed the recession on... "the right wing!" **

And there’s a word for that: perfidy.

And the fact that people buy into it and accept it irks me.

While the liberal news media has been dropping all pretense of objectivity over the past few years (certainly since their overt obsession with getting Obama and liberals elected in the U.S. in 2008 and again this time around; and fighting Harper’s Conservative elections here), and are more and more carelessly betraying themselves as shills for the progressive left, the big labor unions have been somewhat more covert; they’ve cowered, and still hold themselves out to be that old-fashioned goodwill guardian of, well actually the whole country now.

They’ve actually always been fairly obvious to me about their real motives, even as they continue to make this tired, threadbare effort to cast themselves as the (yawn) protector of the worker, and of families, and of all of us poor souls who work for da man (yawn yawn).

Big labor unions like the CAW and the various government public sector unions and the likes of teachers’ unions are directly and rather unabashedly aligned with political parties. They own and control much of the socialist NDP in Canada and the provinces. They are bagmen for them, and carry their water (and their protest signs and election campaign signs). They even outright sponsor militant left-wing protest groups (“Occupy,” anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian, the over-entitled Quebec students, and many others; all left-wing).

They cutely pretend  —  and people buy  —  that it’s really all about “caring for the workers” and “our children,” or “patients” or “fairness” (and more recently, the word du jour: “justice,” whether it’s “economic justice” or “worker justice”, or any other kind, which all really mean “I want to work less, make more money, and get more free entitlements from government.” Oh and make “the rich” pay.). They hold up every tired, contrived canard, and pretend to be earnest representatives of the downtrodden.

Socialists? Progressives? Some seem downright Marxist to me. They’re certainly nearly all left-wing and extreme left-wing politicos  —  particularly in the public sector unions  —  and I think they consider their members to be little more than useful idiots. And many are.

I think they know  —  I think we all know  —  workers now have all the laws and regulations and entitlements and fairness and equality and wages and benefits anybody could hope for, and more, and so now, well-funded and well-endowed with power bought from politicians, unions have moved right into the core of the politics they always espoused. So they can get more.

I actually feel for the regular Joe and Jane who belong to big labor unions today, many through no choice of their own, and have basically lost lost much of the public goodwill and high esteem their jobs should normally bring them; but also lost their self-esteem, and control of their lives, and their careers, and at least their political independence if not more. They’ve also lost a good chunk of their cash to their big, far-left labor union political goons. And that’s to say nothing of the anxiety and out-of-pocket cost to families for their unions’ strikes, threats of strikes, and all that militant action of various sorts, which includes the political sort. And in some cases, they’ve priced themselves right out of a job  —  or allowed their union to make that happen. How ridiculous.

The fact that unlike in the United States, Canada has no right-to-work laws and jurisdictions, and people are instead forced by idiotic undemocratic laws agreed to by bought politicians (guess who’s buying!) to join unions and set up union shops against our will and consent, and without the freedom to make a choice on our own, makes it all the more egregious for workers and businesses. Where’s the freedom in that? This is a free country, right? Right?

…In Canada, workers can be forced to join and financially support unions with full dues payment as a condition of employment. Canadians do not enjoy the types of freedoms that workers enjoy in the 22 American RTW states [23 now with Indiana joining  –Joel]. Since labour legislation is a matter of provincial jurisdiction, my analysis shows that if provinces want to attract workers, lower unemployment, increase incomes, and attract more capital, they should move towards implementing a right-to-work law. …

Right-to-work laws and economic growth
Richard Vedder, Fraser Forum

We are at least still free to act against progressive idiocy. We can move to change laws protecting the big labor unions, and change the undemocratic laws forcing people to join them as a condition of getting a job. And allow people and entrepreneurial companies the freedom to live and work and set up shop in a free (and free-market) environment, like they can in any one of the 23 pro-freedom, right-to-work states in the U.S., where they can and do prosper. And we can properly counter the unions’ left-wing and extreme left-wing advocacy.  And as this video points out, we can end the special treatment unions receive from their bought-off governments.

Challenge governments to turn their backsides on those cronies; those special interests and the labor union morass. The last thing we need today is more ass.


**From the old “Canadian Auto Workers Union boss Lewenza sounds like an angry communist

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