Thin-Skinned

metro edmontonThe UFCW wrote a letter to the leader of the Canadian Liberal Party whining about another party official’s criticism of the New Democratic Party’s decision to give the union office space inside  Parliament.

Two more union leaders are accusing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau of hypocrisy on labour rights.

Unifor national president Jerry Dias and CLC president Hassan Yussuff have joined the chorus of union leaders who are furious that Liberals have criticized New Democrats for providing parliamentary office space to their staffers’ union local.

They’ve sent letters to Trudeau denouncing the Liberal move, following the lead of three other unions — the United Food and Commercial Workers, United Steelworkers and Canadian Union of Public Employees.

In his letter, Dias says Liberal House leader Dominic LeBlanc’s denunciation of the practice is “completely unacceptable” and leaves the impression that “workers’ rights can be disregarded in the cause of cheap political theatre.”

Earlier this week, LeBlanc called it “very bizarre” that the NDP are “using taxpayers’ money to fund their union operation out of their leader’s office.” The arrangement “completely blurred the lines” about the proper use of parliamentary resources, he said.