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

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The Article

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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