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Stickin’ to the Union tells the story of the nine-month battle that the workers at Versatile Industries fought with their employer, the eccentric millionaire John Buhler, in the winter of 2001. Buhler, who had just bought the Versatile tractor plant with a $32-million government loan, provoked a strike by demanding a gutting of benefits and seniority provisions in the union contract. The union surprised all by charging Buhler with bargaining in bad faith and won a $6-million dollar labour-board victory.
Doug Smith’s engaging prose highlights both the power of capital and the role solidarity can play in opposing that power.
“Stickin’ to the Union is a fine piece of work about a serious and important chapter in Manitoba labour history. Reading it will make you angry–about John Buhler’s holier-than-thou cowboy capitalist approach. But it is also inspiring to see the solidarity that afforded the Versatile workers a large measure of dignity.”
— Paul Moist, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees