Our recent Facebook and Blog posts have reported Unifor’s decision to pass a pro-BDS resolution. This resolution which ‘easily passed’ seems to be an exact copy of a Pro-BDS Resolution put forth by the Green party in Canada in 2016 (see below screenshots of the Green Party’s resolution and Unifor’s resolution).
Canada’s Green Party has had one member elected to the parliament in 2011 and 2015, despite being in existence since the 1980s. In the past 15 years, its share of the popular vote has been around 3-7%. This begs the question: how has the Green party, which is not that popular in Canada, succeeded in moving forward a resolution in the largest private sector union – 310,000 members – to support the BDS movement. Moreover, in the resolution itself, it says that both conservatives and liberals have condemned the BDS movement, and thus, how is it possible that this large union has succeeded in easily passing a resolution which is not supported by most of the country?
Were union members aware of this resolution? Did it really have the broad support of Unifor’s 310,000 member base, or was the vote hijacked by union representatives? We will get to the bottom of this.