Bitter, bitter, bitter. The wrestling match in the house of labour is drawing in more contestants. Buzz Hargrove is already in a hammer lock with the Canadian Labour Congress because of his attempts to swallow up 30,000 members of another union. Now he and his former best friend are having their own catfight.
It has to do with Hargrove's comments in NOW a couple of weeks ago -- comments he's been repeating at CAW gatherings -- about Judy Darcy of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. She's a "fair-weather friend," he told us, who's in a snit because she didn't get the members and their dues for her own union.
That kind of talk leaves Darcy shocked and appalled. In a 30-paragraph letter to Hargrove, she says, "I ask that you stop the unwarranted attacks on CUPE and on me personally."
Tsk, tsk, tsk. Such angry words between these two old comrades who fought Bob Rae's social contract and stood up for a more militant social unionism. Et tu Brute.