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How the MLBPA betrayed the union ethic

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.

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