Blue collar union vs racism

After Wednesday’s La Presse piece about a report revealing persistent and overt racism within the blue collar workers in Montreal North, the paper talks to the head of the union. Luc Bisson admits change must happen but says racism is in society, so society must change. He’s right, in a sense, but he’s also a spokesman for his members and needs to make them realize that worker solidarity means all workers, not just the ones that look like you. Bisson needs to face the fact that the study showed that both management and union reps have been turning a blind eye.

The most surprising thing in this piece might be Montreal North mayor Chantal Rossi saying that the report came as a surprise to her. Sadly, I don’t think it surprised many others.