Comment 29418

By TreyS (registered) | Posted March 09, 2009 at 12:24:27

Why does broadening their appeal mean the NDP loses its core union support?

Middle-class, white collar workers are the workers I mentioned, the increasing group of workers that don't work in a large manufacturing factory or a mine. But the Walmart workers, the workers in the boxes along the 400 highway service roads, the food and beverage servers, maybe it was incorrect to call them 'white collar' but they're not traditional manufacturing jobs. And in many ways these workers need the protection more then the steelworks and autoworkers. But I sense its not viable or worth their effort to protect 25 workers at one siding manufacturer on the south service road or the 12 workers at a window and door company, or the 4 contracted roofers. The NDP can continue to focus on the disappearing large single industry workers if they choose but it's a lost cause, and ultimately if their funding is dependent on them then their funding as it stands is unsustainable.

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