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A Little Bit of History

The Next Four Years

Over the next four years, in between bouts of legal paper-pushing with the UFCW, MFD continued to engage their audience and their opponents. Knowledge is power and MFD sought actively to make its community more knowledgeable about the people, organizations and belief systems that were hurting them.

Stories of corruption, including lengthy investigative features researched and written by volunteer contributors, shone a light on backroom deals and secret alliances which had always been kept secret from union members. Commentary, often scathing and never bland, about the sad state of mainstream unions and what must be done to turn things around, became an MFD staple. The troughers were exposed along with the warped ideology and the institutions that enabled them.

No one was safe. Frequent targets included unions like the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Service Employees International Union and its misguided leader Andy Stern, the United Steelworkers of America, the Canadian Auto Workers Union, the Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union, to name but a few. Not even Ken Georgetti, the high priest of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and his American counterpart John Sweeney escaped unscathed. MFD went after them all and, in doing so, MFD grew. Soon MFD was engaging members from all kinds of unions. Steel Workers, Auto Workers, Pipe Trades, Hospital Employees, Office Workers... the list goes on.

Members from across North America weighed in with their views about what was really killing the labour movement: corruption, bureaucracy, autocracy, greed, neglect. Voices of dissent within the labour movement which had been marginalized and largely silenced for the better part of a century now had an outlet and they weren't shy about using it.

MFD advocated the evolution of workers' media and created a space where people were free to express themselves without censorship or censure for their views. Unlike the official labour web sites which censored views that were unflattering to mainstream unions and their leaders, freedom of speech ruled at MFD.

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