By Travis Reitsma
I’m a union guy. I grew up in a union family and spent parts of my childhood on the picket lines with both my mother and my father (a legal secretary and a power worker). I’m very proud of this. No amount of union bashing, working class oppression, or general idiocy can make me less proud of where I came from. It’s a big reason I pursue media coverage of labour in my academic life and a big reason I am a social activist.
It is my firm belief that unions are an institutional bulwark against the ravages of capitalism, to paraphrase my supervising professor. I don’t draw much of a distinction between everyday unions representing secretaries, power workers and teachers, and “richer” unions such as the ones that represent highly paid professional athletes.