Resident officers have approximately two days to decide their legacy - heroes of the struggle for Canadian autonomy or King Coles' toadies who tried to transform our union into a cult of insufficient personalities. While time and tide may have kept the Council President away, there is no defensible excuse for the actions of the Financial Secretary-Treasurer when faced with a majority of elected delegates representing a majority of locals that showed up for the BCPC Convention prepared to engage the desperate few who tried to hang on to power by manipulating the Resolutions Committee. It became clear to even the Kingsway gang that the voices of the majority was gathered to democratically unseat the pompous pilots who have been at the helm during the disastrous flirtation with the industry sub-standard JV Screwdriver agreement, also known as the Pulp Fiction Survival Agreement. Haggarty's limp-wristed attempt to illegally cancel the convention at the 11th hour while delegates were already assembled in Vancouver is a new low in corporate unionism.
It remains to be seen whether the turfed Resident Officers will do the right thing, or continue to imitate the sleaziness of McCarron's International. I strongly suggest that the Resident Officers have their resignations handed in at the office by the end of shift on Monday, June 12.
If not, then their legacy may no longer reflect the long march to Canadian autonomy, but rather be characterized by featherbedding, favouritism, partisanship and ignominy.
signed dave livingston, carpenter delegate