Someone at union headquarters must have been reading the bible, and serendipitously come upon Mt. 12:30, "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." How else to explain public sector union tactics in Wisconsin and Ohio. Noman described how letters were being mailed to local employers threatening boycott if the proprietors declined to display a pro-union sign, in his post "Making An Offer They Can't Refuse" (4/1/11). On that topic:
The threat appeared to backfire. Ms. Bobo said her business quadrupled when local media picked up the story. Union officials, meanwhile, were backing away from boycott threats. Marty Beil, executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, attributed the boycott letter to "some overzealousness in the field." Eddie Vale, a spokesman for the national AFL-CIO, said there were no official union-organized boycotts in either Wisconsin or Ohio.
Noman wonders if the WSJ's headline writers will ever wise up to the fact that this controversy is a "Taxpayer's Rights Fight."
Putative "backing away" notwithstanding, businesses with executives that contributed to Governor Walkers political campaign are being boycotted. You read that correctly; not businesses that contributed to Governor Walker, but, businesses with executives who contributed. Unions, which, to read the coverage, are fighting for their lives--though Governor Walker has made clear that modest union concessions are the only way that Wisconsin will be able to avoid cuts that will lead to public sector job losses--are putting the pressure on businesses to either stop their executives from donating personal money to candidates that unions don't like, or to find some pretext to fire them in order to stop a boycott. Now, that's getting down to brass tacks, or knuckles, as the case might be.
Some boycotts appeared to remain in place. A group of unions including teachers, firefighters and police were boycotting Marshall & Ilsley Bank of Milwaukee, as well as Kwik Trip, a Wisconsin-based convenience store, because executives at both companies donated money to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who proposed the union legislation. The law is on hold pending legal challenges...
Johnsonville Sausage, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., was targeted because some executives donated money to Mr. Walker's gubernatorial campaign. Union supporters are boycotting Johnsonville products, along with a five-day charity event in May known as Bratfest, to which Johnsonville donates 150,000 bratwurst. Opponents of the bill have begun organizing an alternative charity festival, The Wurst Times.Noman is certain that the beneficiary charities of Bratfest will appreciate the unions hearty humor. Meanwhile, the always-entertaining (at least in print) Ann Coulter chimes in on the battle.
The high salaries and magnificent benefits paid to government employees are used to fund the public sector unions, which then funnel a portion of that money back to the Democrats, who vote for the pay packages of government workers. The unions function as a pass-through from the taxpayers straight to Democrats running for re-election. As a result, taxpayers are paying people to continually raise their taxes.
This scam is going to end, sooner or later. Noman's fingers are crossed that it's sooner rather than later, not only so that taxpayers can sooner be free of this contemptible abuse, but also so that the debased pedagogy that political patronage, thuggery, and corruption impart will sooner stop contaminating the public's morals.