Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Are Unifor Members, CompulsoryUnion Dues, Paying for Their Union Chief’s Politics?

Are Unifor Members, CompulsoryUnion Dues, Paying for  Their Union Chief’s Politics?
August 20, 2019 4:46 pm

Unifor head tells union’s media members he hears concerns about Tory-bashing but won’t stop

Amanda Connolly
National Online Journalist (Politics)  Global NewsNational
“I have heard from some members in the media sector, in particular journalists, who do not like our union’s involvement in politics. I am writing as a courtesy to share with you our plans to aggressively fight to stop a wave of anti-worker conservatives from taking away our rights and your jobs,” Dias wrote.

“We do not tell members how to vote but I will be speaking out against the Conservative Party.”...

Its not the first time Dias has rejected concerns that his rhetoric hurts the journalists he is supposed to represent.

He brushed off questions about those concerns earlier this year during an interview on Global’s The West Block, telling host Mercedes Stephenson that he is entitled to say whatever he wants.

“The whole argument is about journalistic integrity. It’s about free speech. I’m entitled to my free speech just like everyone else,” he said....

Journalists have a professional responsibility not to be involved in activities that could create the perception of a conflict of interest.

For those covering politics, that is generally accepted to mean they refrain from engaging in partisan rhetoric or being a member of a political party....  (emphasis added)

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Stephen J. Gray
August 21, 2019.