"The choice is clear," wrote the newsletter ostensibly published by the Foster Wheeler division of the union, the Canadian Steelworkers' "executive members are not fabulously-paid [sic] organizers, but men who work side by side with Foster Wheeler employees." The newsletter contrasted the CSWU with the "monopolistic CIO," whose union organizers "paid to trample on the principles of Canadian trade unionism; paid to crush all independent-thinking opposition." As the Cold War intensified such promises were coupled with red-baiting.
In fact, when the CSWU was organizing at McKinnon Columbus Chain, the initiative for a newsletter's publication came from the OEB.
Another clear indication of employer domination of so-called independent unions were the letters ostensibly sent by the CSWU's local officers to fellow workers, in fact written by OEB staff and paid for by the employer.
Freedom in all its forms has been abolished." "Because of his familiarity with the evils of communism and his love for his new homeland, where he is making a living for his wife and family," John Kuhi supported the CSWU's Foster Wheeler division.
Writing on behalf of the CSWU's Foster Wheeler division, the OEB presented the company's pension plan as the consequence of CSWU efforts.
The CSWU at Atlas Steels advertised the company's pension plan to similar ends.