NDP divorce Unifor over voting strategyPartisan politics seeps into labour relationsBy Sabrina Nanji10/27/2014|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/27/2014 he divorce between federal NDP staffers and their union was an amicable one — but the split shines a light on the partisanship of the labour movement. More than 600 employees for the federal NDP left Unifor in mid-October after the union failed to give its unequivocal support to the party in Ontario’s provincial election in June. During the campaign period, Unifor urged its members to vote strategically, thereby endorsing the non-Progressive Conservative member most likely to win, regardless of whether they belonged to the Liberal or NDP faction. For the bargaining unit at the federal NDP, the move was not only an affront to their political beliefs, it also put their jobs at risk. With the writ for the federal election expected to drop in 2015, the president of the local union said they needed representation that would unequivocally support their party and their employer. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.