“I despise the actions of the labour movement in using captive union dues to pursue a socialist political agenda, which I regard as both unnatural and destructive…. (and) I want unions to exist in this world, because I want workers to be protected from unfair labour practices.”
This is my first post in a couple of days, as I was tied-up with an “Op-ed” article I sent off to the Toronto Sun, and getting photos taken to accompany it. As it happens, no photos were used…
I didn’t find the item on their website until today, as the website publishes one day after their hard-copy issue in order to try to deter people from reading their material for free. (*)
I have never scored an op-ed before, this is an all-time first for me. Then again, the item cannot be found unless you look up my name in their search-box.
As editor Lorrie Goldstein told me in an answer to my query, “We don’t always promote guest columnists online. On the bright side it’s in the paper”.
Here it is, and I am disgustingly pleased with myself, despite the apparent lack of prominence.
Read “Hudak, Ryan both wrong on unions” here.
(*) I later found I am wrong on that point. Although the Toronto Sun and other papers are usually one day behind in putting up their internet version, in this case they posted the column on receipt, and it appeared in print the following day, ironically while I was having the photo’s taken to accompany it.
As I was told by a Sun employee, it is a lot quicker and easier to put something up on the internet… In this case, I think my timing for newsworthiness was spot-on, and I notice that while the internet version was posted Feb. 19th, the hard-copy was published on the 20th, and Tim Hudak announced the reversal of his policy on the morning of the 21st.
As Hudak clearly couldn’t care less about the unions and their clamouring, I would like to think that I had something to do with his change in course. -JG.