The Myth of Trade Union Democracy
By Stephen J. Gray

Trade unions in Canada have subverted the word “democracy.” They claim to be democratic institutions but are funded by compulsory union dues. No other organizations in Canada are funded by compulsion, so why are trade unions given this special status? It was an appointed judge, Ivan C. Rand, who made union dues compulsory. This was known as the “Rand Decision” and it opened the floodgates to “democracy” by compulsion.

Our so-called Charter of Rights and Freedoms has a clause which guarantees freedom of association. Therefore, how can a person be free to associate if one is in a forced association? The truthful answer is one can’t be free.

“A union member is like an indentured servant.” Buzz Hargrove, President CAW.

Who is to blame for allowing “indentured servants in Canada? The answer is appointed judges, numerous politicians, the media and others in the elites who pretend that Compulsion is Freedom. Big Sister and Big Brother now rule over Canada’s union “democracy.”

This “democracy” by compulsion has resulted in trade unions amassing huge fortunes in money and assets, all of which are tax free. The unions use these funds to undermine traditional family values, finance socialism, and numerous special interest groups.

Some issues that trade unions have been supporting have been so-called “same-sex marriage” and abortion clinics. In fact, Ken Georgetti when president of the B.C. Federation of Labour sent out a letter soliciting funds for an abortion clinic. He is now the president of the Canadian Labour Congress which had this to say on the “same-sex marriage” vote in parliament: “With the passage of the federal equal marriage legislation, Canada has taken an important step forward. The labour movement—from local activists to national leadership—stood united with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and played a critical role in persuading the Canadian government to pass the same-sex marriage law…. The Canadian Labour Congress was a founding member of the broad-based coalition, Canadians for Equal Marriage which led this struggle.” (emphasis added)
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Laid off union members were struggling to make ends meet while the big labour boss of Canada was playing a “critical role” with others in “persuading the Canadian government to pass the same-sex marriage law.” Is this what union members pay him and other union bosses big dollars for?

I believe, if any other organizations in Canada were doing what many trade unions are doing with their memberships time and forced union dues dollars, charges would be laid. But, no charges are laid. Why is this?
Perhaps the answer is we no longer live in a democracy.

The Charter of Rights and freedoms was imposed without the people voting on it.

Most of the mainstream media are unionized and pay compulsory union dues (So much for a free press)

It was an appointed judge that made union dues compulsory (does this sound familiar)

Government legislation has certified compulsion (by certifying unions)

Governments of all political stripes over the years have allowed this subversion of democracy to continue. Orwellian doublespeak is the language of labor relations. Union Security is where the employer deducts COMPULSORY union dues from the members pay cheque and hands it over to the union. Free Collective Bargaining is another term of doublespeak… How can one be “free” if one is in a forced collective?

In the book “1984” personal life was dictated by the system. In today’s society we have Big Brother and Big Sister in the trade union system dictating social, moral and political issues to their compulsory members. And so the myth of trade union “democracy” continues.

Stephen J. Gray
November 10, 2007. website: