Stephen Harper's Anti-Labor, Anti-Science Agenda Pushes Union To Speak Out For The First Time - 2014-11-10

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F0.png Stephen Harper's Anti-Labor, Anti-Science Agenda Pushes Union To Speak Out For The First Time November 10, 2014, Katie Valentine, ThinkProgress

A major public service union in Canada is wading into the country's 2015 Prime Minister race, an unprecedented step for a group that's historically stayed out of political matters.

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which includes climate and environmental scientists as well as other public sector employees, voted Friday to begin planning an advertising campaign that will highlight the anti-labor policies of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's administration. The union has traditionally stayed out of elections, preferring to keep a politically neutral stance, but multiple decisions made by the Harper government have prompted it to abandon that neutrality.

"Extraordinary times call for extraordinary actions," PIPSC President Debi Daviau said in a statement. "[The Harper government] has launched an unprecedented assault on unions, and other democratically elected organizations in this country. It has cut thousands of federal public service jobs, programs and services. This government has forced non-partisan organizations such as ours to make a very difficult choice: to remain silent or to speak out. We have chosen to speak out."

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