CUPE, CAW, OCAP, Black Bloc Anarchists and Flying Squads…

Notice the red star?

There were two things one was attacked for criticising at Occupy Toronto & Occupy Vancouver- Black Bloc anarchists and the group’s relationship with the unions. At first, when I was in Vancouver, I thought that the two subjects were unrelated. But, once I was in Toronto, it quickly became apparent both groups are closely related. Or, at least, so it appeared on the surface…

My first real clue was when I ran-across a man named Rob Chamberland. You may remember him from back in February when he was attacking me out of nowhere- Rob will be forever remembered as the Crazy CUPE Guy. He started attacking me because I criticised how CUPE (in a rather devious way) brought a politician onto our stage in Vancouver. This was a big deal, because we had an agreement that no politicians would talk from our stage.

Once Rob started his attacks, I decided to do some research and figure out what his motivations were. It turns out that Rob is the president of CUPE Local 2073. That wasn’t so much of a surprise as learning how strongly he promoted Black Bloc tactics. How could a union president back violence I thought? Was I ever naïve!

A questionable choice of Facebook profile pictures…

So, I was rather shocked when I found Rob’s Facebook profile- is that a picture of people doing Black Bloc violence right on the cover of his page? This doesn’t mean that he supports violence and property destruction though- right?

Well, I guess it does- once again, I was so naïve back then. This discovery was the beginning of my research into the relationships between the unions and Black Bloc anarchists. Shortly after that I found an article about CUPE, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), student unions and Black Bloc’s involvement at the G20.

OCAP is anarchist central- it is virtually unthinkable that one could go to one of their events and not see a number of anarchists present. OCAP is also highly-connected to the unions- including CUPE. Apparently things got too hot for the CAW though, they have recently withdrawn their support.

Then I learned how Harsha Walia, a leader in the Vancouver anarchist community is not only a member of CUPE, but they directly support her events. And, in Vancouver, Harsha isn’t the only anarchist connected to the unions. People like Lauren Gill and “schoolteacher” Sasha Wiley are also involved. All of these people are also connected to the NDP- what a surprise.

CUPE 3903’s Ashleigh Ingle (on the left)

Wherever there’s a radical-left event, the 3903 always seems to be around. Occupy Edmonton’s Chelsea Flook (sister of Occupy Toronto’s Taylor Flook) was also an activist in the 3903. And, as I wrote a week ago, the 3903 have been involved in stirring-up dissent over at the Six Nations reserve in Brantford Ontario.

Taylor & Chelsea Flook of the CUPE 3903

The unions also, indirectly, support many of the Black Bloc criminals who were involved in the violence at the Toronto G20. They provide funding for publications like and the Media Co-Op. Both of them have provided support and backing for these criminals- even after they were incarcerated. Krystalline Kraus of Rabble has gone as far as to call them political prisoners.

I learned some new information about Occupy Toronto and the unions a couple of days ago, and confirmed it with a second source today. Apparently a couple of unions were trying to recruit Occupy Toronto anarchists to join and work for their flying squads. This wraps everything I’ve learned about the unions and anarchists together in a nice package.

Flying squads are the union’s modern equivalent of people with monkey wrenches. They are the “direct action” arms of the unions whose place is to stir-up trouble in ways that would get union leaders in trouble if they were do to it themselves. There’s a good article about Canadian flying squads on the anarchist International Worker’s of the World’s website. The article discusses how CUPE, the CAW and OCAP have all had involvement in flying squad monkey wrenching.

Most union members are good, hard working, people who have no interest in violence or anarchy. It is unfortunate that they are forced to pay union dues that go towards these causes. From what I can see, most union members don’t understand that their dues are being used this way. It’s time to publicise this and stop the damage that’s being done to our communities…

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    • brotherwolf1 on September 14, 2012 at 09:07
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    Political prisoners ? BWahahahahaaaa, Greg, my guess is these wannabe communists have not lived in a real communist country before and further, they are not really aware of exactly what a political prisoners is , do they ? Clearly, they missed a few political science class lectures , providing they have the cranial capacity to actually understand what is being taught. After all, professors do use big and intellectual sounding words, clearly something these idiots either don’t understand or refuse to grasp the concept of .

    • The Hammer on September 14, 2012 at 14:53
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    CUPE membership had a hard wake up call in Toronto a few years back. They need to be careful. They are not working for some big, greedy, heartless corporation. They are working for governments and their wages are paid out of the taxes of working people. CUPE members working for the city of Toronto decided to punnish the entire city during a strike in the summer of 2009. The city was so angered by the CUPE actions they came out and elected CUPE’s worst enemy on counsil, Rob Ford, as mayor. Additionally they voted out most of the CUPE backed members of counsil. It was all a giant landslide against CUPE.

    The union leaders continued their usual tired tactics. Including paying activists to protest Rob Ford wherever he went. The rank and file understood what happened though. They knew they had pushed too far and needed to back off a little.

    If it can happen in left wing Toronto, heart of the Layton-Chow power base, then it can happen anywhere in Canada.

    1. That’s a very relieving analysis – let’s hope that CUPE gets its shit together and figures this out..

    • firebrand on November 1, 2012 at 16:17
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    You will never defeat CUPE, OCAP, The New Socialists and the Socialist Party of Ontario!

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