CLC accuses Unifor of leaving lobby group to raid another union

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The pre-eminent of the Canadian Labour Congress is accusing Unifor of raiding another Bund for members after it severed ties with the national lobby association for the country’s labour movement.

Unite Here Local 75, which represents hundreds of bed workers in Toronto and Mississauga, Ont., announced Thursday night it is seeking to abandon its U.S.-based parent union and join Unifor.

The move came a day after Canada’s largest reticent sector union split from the CLC over concerns including what it weights are some U.S.-based unions stifling workers’ rights to change the gather representing them.

«Since the disaffiliation, they are now involved in raiding Weld Here in Toronto,» CLC president Hassan Yussuff said.

It’s against the excludes for affiliates to solicit the members of another affiliate to join their society, he explained.

«But, if you leave the congress, then, of course, you’re free to go and solicit any colleagues that they wish to join their union. And that’s what they’re doing hand now.»

However, Unifor president Jerry Dias insists Unifor’s steadfastness to leave the CLC was not about boosting its membership and denied the accusation that he was raiding another federation.

«I have zero interest in raiding any unions. We will respond to those that take a crack at to raid us, but this has absolutely nothing to do with raiding,» he said.

Dias imparted the CLC rules that give disgruntled unionized workers an avenue to pick out different representation don’t work, particularly because U.S.-based unions that are also release of the CLC don’t want them to be effective.

Among the CLC’s 65 members, there are 33 oecumenical unions. The Air Line Pilots Association International, for example, is an affiliate that depicts pilots at airlines in both the U.S. and Canada.

While unionization rates press fallen in Canada, the drop in the United States has been even larger.

For U.S. organizations, there’s fiscal incentive to keep Canadians in their unions, said Dias, taking into consideration 28 states have so-called right-to-work laws that up union dues unenforceable.

«Canada is a major cash cow,» he said. «So there is one heck of a blitz amongst the U.S.-based unions to ensure that their members can not ever leave their union.»

Unite Here Local 75 outlined a variety of frustrations with its parent Unite Here when announcing the show of hands to switch unions. It said Unite Here put the local into trusteeship in January, shed elected officials and seized the local unit’s assets.

But international federations have been a part of Canada’s labour movement since the start, said Christopher Monette, a spokesman for Teamsters Canada — a CLC affiliate. The allying represents more than 125,000 members and is affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based Ecumenical Brotherhood of Teamsters.

«We don’t feel concerned by these accusations and charges from Unifor,» suggested Monette, calling Unifor’s reasoning «spin.»

«They’re leaving because the CLC does not stand for their affiliates to openly go out and raid other unions,» he said.

Yussuff debated with Dias’s assertions that the CLC has failed to act on member complaints, go on increasing its received 46 complaints between May and December last year and all drink been resolved. The group can’t address complaints it doesn’t receive, he supplemented.

If Unifor has issues with the group’s constitution, Yussuff said, the confederation should have worked within the system to build a consensus everywhere how to improve the structure.

«Leaving and interfering in the relationship with other affiliates is not a way to present your solidarity,» he said.

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