In a striking turn of events, Ironworkers Local 97 has turned its back on the NDP and announced it will support the B.C. Liberals during the upcoming provincial election.
On its face, the change in direction was purely pragmatic. A spokesman for the union said NDP opposition to major construction projects such as the Site C dam and George Massey bridge was the deciding factor. His 1,800 members consider these projects critical for their future employment.