So, what is the Canadian Labour Congress, and who funds them? Thanks for asking, I wanted to know that same thing. Here is some of what they stand for:
Active in every aspect of the economic, social and political life of Canadians, from fair wages and safe working conditions to universal health care, equality rights, a sustainable environment, and much more -- unions make a difference in people’s lives.
First came the attempt to scapegoat the auto workers, and now here in Ottawa, the Federal Labour Minister Rona Ambrose is meddling in a labour dispute between the city and transit workers. We can expect more attacks on workers by the corporate big shots in the weeks and months to come.
The Canadian Labour Congress is calling on every worker and every retiree to ask every single candidate what they will do to protect our hard earned, savings, pensions and retirement security.
After that, in the voting booth, think about your own financial interest. Then vote for the one who's on your side
Influencing the 2008 election? Who funds them? I suspect all the unions, but they have no financial statement on their site, so who knows?
Now who would be the one who is on "your side"? Let's see.....
Although political discussion was downplayed during the merger talks, in 1958 the Canadian Labour Congress and Co-operative Commonwealth Federation set up a 20 person joint committee to discuss the foundation of a new political party. These talks resulted in the founding of the New Democratic Party in 1962. the NDP has, in its constitution, an organic relationship with the labour movement. Many local union organizations directly affiliated with the NDP, giving these local union bodies the right to participate in the Party's conventions and councils. NDP constitution also recognizes the CLC's District Labour Councils -- organizations of local unions in a single city or town -- as delegating bodies to the conventions of the provincial and federal New Democratic Party sections. Hence, by embedding labour organizations in its structure, the NDP went beyond being simply the party for labour and became of the party of labour.
So, it's the NDP that are advertising on the radio, trying to influence the upcoming budget. They have mobilized their union organizations to protest the budget and more importantly, even though you didn't see Layton at the Toronto pro-Hamas demonstration, you did see the unions, those same unions that are under the Canadian Labour Congress umbrella.
Proof? Look at their President:
I watch very carefully what happens in Parliament and I want to ask you a few questions:
Which party leaders did nothing but simply wave good-bye as greedy corporations eliminated hundreds of thousands of family-supporting forestry and manufacturing jobs?
Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion.
Which leader is fighting to protect jobs in BC and across Canada?
Which leader is fighting Harper's private health care agenda and standing up for public health care for all Canadians?
Which leader would scrap David Emerson's sell-out Softwood Lumber Deal?
Which leader led every member of his caucus to vote in favour of a ban on replacement workers?
Which leader has Members of Parliament who are all working on our side?
And when we vote on October 14th, which leader are we going to send to Ottawa with more NDP MPs than ever before?
Thank you very much - and here's BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair!
What I want to know is who funds this organization and is it a non-profit organization? Is this where union dues are going, into ads for the NDP without the NDP having to actually pay for them?
What is scary is this little tidbit:
Sister Byers makes her presence felt nationally as the Canadian Labour Congress officer responsible for education; youth; medicare/health care; training and technology; literacy; employment insurance and apprenticeship.
What sent shivers up my spine was one simple word: Sister.
Then we have this:
Sister Clarke Walker’s childhood was spent in the Caribbean and in Canada. Her father was a workers’ lawyer; her mother both a trade union activist and a feminist. Not surprisingly, Sister Clarke Walker’s passion for social justice blossomed at an early age. She went on to work in a number of social service positions in Toronto.Yikes!
It is a nest of far left individuals. Proof?
Resolution passed at the Hamilton & District Labor Council:
Whereas the Cuban Five in the 1990s gathered information (none of it proven to be harmful to the national security of the U.S.) for the Cuban government about the activities of terrorist groups in Miami, to help defend it from the ongoing terrorist attacks launched against Cuba from the U.S.
Whereas the Cuban government gave their findings to the F.B.I., who, instead of stopping the criminals, arrested the five Cubans in September 1998 and accused them of spying and other charges.
Whereas the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed the earlier convictions and ordered a new trial on all charges- reflecting earlier finds by a United Nations Panel on Arbitrary Detentions of the Human Rights Commission - but they continue to be incarcerated.
Be it therefore resolved that we support freedom and justice for the Cuban 5.
There is so much more that I could post on this site, but I hope this gets you digging, and thinking.