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Posted on 03/03/2011 11:32:54 PM PST by buccaneer81
Union supporters disrupt GOP senators' restaurant meal Friday, March 4, 2011 12:28 AM By andJim Siegel Kathy Gray The Columbus Dispatch
The volatility surrounding the collective-bargaining debate spilled into the night Wednesday when police were called to a German Village restaurant after a group verbally accosted a gathering of Senate Republicans.
After the vote on Senate Bill 5, seven Republican senators, including President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, grabbed dinner at the Easy Street Cafe. As the lawmakers neared the end of their meal, a group of five to 10 union supporters angry about the passage of the bill hours before burst into the restaurant and began shouting.
The commotion eventually led to pushing and shoving with the restaurant staff and owner, before police arrived to calm the situation as a police helicopter hovered overhead. No senators were involved in the physical altercations, and no charges have been filed.
"It could have (gotten physical)," said Sen. Frank LaRose, 31, a Fairlawn Republican who served as a Green Beret. "The group was agitated and they were shoving the owner, and he had nothing to do with this." Story continues below Advertisement
LaRose said it didn't take special intelligence training to notice that while the lawmakers were eating, a woman walked past the window several times, poked her head in the door and got on her cell phone.
"It was planned," LaRose said. "They gathered as a group and waited until they had about 10 people before they caused a disturbance."
When the group burst into the restaurant, the woman, Monica Moran, deputy director of public affairs for SEIU District 1199, raised her hands in the air, yelled "Can I have your attention?" and then shouted "something nasty," LaRose said. Soon after, the rest of the group of men and women joined in with a chant.
"They stormed through my dining room," said George Stefanidis, owner of the Easy Street Cafe. "I told them they had to leave, and they wouldn't."
Stefanidis said he called 911 when the protesters refused to leave. LaRose said there was pushing and shoving with the restaurant staff. Meanwhile, someone on the outside slapped an anti-Senate Bill 5 sign on the window near where Niehaus was sitting.
"I understand their argument, but they should do that some other place," Stefanidis said. "It just ruined the whole night."
He said about 70 people were in the restaurant, at 197 Thurman Ave., at the time.
Witnesses said Stefanidis and his staff held the group back from the senators.
"I was tempted to help, but us getting involved would have escalated it, not de-escalated it. We decided to stay quiet," LaRose said.
Moran, who is married to a top researcher at the Ohio Republican Party, was unapologetic.
"It is unfortunate that rather than focus on the adverse impact that this legislation will have on hard-working, middle-class Ohioans, there are those who would choose to focus on a conversation I had with Senate Republicans," she said in a written statement to The Dispatch.
"The moment of discomfort Senate Republicans may have felt as a result of my expressing my opinion pales in comparison to the extreme discomfort and financial hardships that public employees will endure as a result of SB5."
Sens. Kevin Bacon of Minerva Park, Keith Faber of Celina, Larry Obhof Jr. of Montville Township, Chris Widener of Springfield and Gayle Manning of North Ridgeville also were at the restaurant. All but Manning voted in favor of Senate Bill 5.
Shoving a restaurateur sounds “physical” enough. Book em on assault and battery.
Fire the husband. How else did she know where they could be vulnerable to attack?
So true. Spittle is very unappetizing.
It sounds like Matalin and Carville.
Gotta get in their face, ya know.
Will be silent and invisible.
The difference between Ohio and WI is that the Ohio GOP passed the anti-union bill. All the unions could do is throw their faggy hissy fit and couldn’t do anything about it except physical confrontation.
It’s like they think there is a money tree in back of the state capitol building. There’s not enough money coming in to the state coffers. They are bettor off then most tax payers.
Funny thing is these idgit socialists make folks hate them more an more with such actions.....
SEIU.... I avoid any company that employs trash like that. Vote with my dollars between elections.
Doom on unions an Erkel Mugabe aka Obama.
Exactly. Old ladies waving flags at a Tea Party rally = “angry mob of extremist demonstrators.”
7.5 million in property damage... yelling, screaming, live ammunition rounds found? Oh, Democrats did it? No story here. Move along...
Battery? It’s a restaurant, not a bakery!
Chris Matthews will be all over this story - count on it!
....When the group burst into the restaurant, the woman, Monica Moran, deputy director of public affairs for SEIU District 1199, raised her hands in the air, yelled "Can I have your attention?" and then shouted "something nasty,"
...Moran,who is married to a top researcher at the Ohio Republican Party, was unapologetic.
I wonder how her husband feels to be married to a RAT??
Anybody see Beck today? ;o)
>> Probably might be wiser for GOP senators in WI to avoid restaurants, period.
They’d be wise to order steak dinners.
They are doing nothing but redistributing the wealth...as they do decree.
When the private unions became weak because employers weren’t exploiting them anymore and stuff, they headed to the local and state governments for “assistance”.
SEIU District 1199 - Dennis Rivera's NY local
Remember that name. Rivera wields a big stick in SEIU
Anybody else noticing just how out of hand the opposition party has become lately (and supported by the MSM) Seems that we have reached a peak here where everything is okay if done by the Democrats (yes, none of this would be acceptable by the Republicans).
Either this is fast becoming the norm via the MSM or we are becoming a third world country...neither is a good sign.
He’s probably a spy for them.
So the disruptress-in-chief is married to a “top researcher with the Ohio Republican Party”? Um, I’d say it was time to let him go. He’s married to a union thug. Who knows what kind of sensitive pub party info could fall into her hands? I think she needs some repurcussions for her actions. A little unemployment pain in the pocketbook for the family might be just the thing.
Strangely, I was thinking along those lines. One of my lurid fantasies.
THE DEALMAKER - A UNION BOSS WITH HUGE POLITICAL POWER, DENNIS RIVERA MADE THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AGREEMENT POSSIBLE. OBSERVERS SAY HE’S A SKILLED MEDIATOR — BUT HE CAN PLAY HARDBALL.
Buffalo News, The (NY) - Sunday, April 7, 2002
Author: TOM PRECIOUS and CHARITY VOGEL - News Staff Reporters
He started his life and his union career in Puerto Rico. Back then, Rivera went by the name Dennis Hickey — using the last name of his Irish father.
In Puerto Rico, he honed his organizing skills as a Vietnam War protest leader and started two unions. In 1977, he moved to New York City, where he began his life’s work of organizing health care workers. Along the way, he took on his mother’s surname — Rivera . Today he cites his Puerto Rican roots as a major factor in his success.
“I come from a very small town where we basically have grown accustomed to listening to people,” Rivera said. “I think that’s it.”
In New York, Rivera started out at the bottom of the union food chain: as an organizer, a job with little glamour and little pay but, especially in New York City, a job that demands street smarts and maybe even a bit of hustling.
Rivera rose through the ranks. In 1989, just 12 years after he arrived from San Juan, he gained control of what today is Local 1199 of SEIU , the Service Employees International Union. That union includes 210,000 members — orderlies, cafeteria workers and clerks — who are some of the industry’s lowest-paid workers.
Rivera is also president of the New York State Council of SEIU , a 325,000-member umbrella group that includes 1199 Upstate, which represents 17,000 health care workers from Buffalo to Albany. He makes $103,000 a year — modest by the standards of downstate labor bosses.
Along the way, as Rivera rose to power, politicians learned all about his importance — especially those who relied on his help to make it into office.
In that category are former President Bill Clinton, New York City politicians, and U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer.
“If you want to have one guy in your corner,” Schumer said, “he’s probably the one.”
Dennis Rivera Leads Labor Charge for Health Reform
By STEVEN GREENHOUSE
Published: August 26, 2009
“They gathered as a group and waited until they had about 10 people before they caused a disturbance.”
A shotgun blast to the face stops a lot of that.
where’s the crocodile tears now, Nancy??? why are you so quiet, Madam Minority leader??? Are you and the big Zero enjoying all this??
This is their game. They’re ready for it.
These aholes will escalate this to the point of tragedy and then the PC Police will come in for calm and civility and our hopes will die.
MSM is in lock step with Democrat Party and Obama (their man). Sort of a liberal Democrat run media when Dems are in - or out - of control. Charged with supporting Dems blindly when they’re in power, and charged with attacking Republicans blindly if they’re ever perchance in power.
The Owner should press charges but he's got to buck the Unionized Police to do so. This is where we're at, as the Police are not going to interfere with their Union brethren......
I wonder how many (real) middle-class workers at that resturant lost money that night because these thugs disrupted their business? The only class they care about is the Union Thug Class.
I agree . Get rid of the husband.He probably tipped her off and she set this up.
Fire the husband. How else did she know where they could be vulnerable to attack?
Hey pal, dis is a nice restaurant youz got here. Be a shame if sumthin happened to it...
They invaded private property with intent to cause ...a riot?
Assault, battery, trespass, criminal intent...
In law, sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority to tend toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontent (or resistance) to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.
The unions had better be careful, because they escalate this it is sedition.
They are not butting up against some company here, but the lawful government.
If the police/firefighters etc. won’t do their jobs...well there is always the National Guard and dare I say it...the militias.
These people have no class.
Let’s give them a ring...
1395 Dublin Rd.
Columbus, OH 43215
P: 614.461.1199 or 800.227.1199
I read on REDSTATE that the SEIU was $85 million in debt and may go under. Of course they will seek a bailout from Obama. Story at http://www.redstate.com/moe_lane/2011/03/04/good-newsbad-news-about-seiu-going-broke/
The union leaders don’t care about that. If enough of these stories leak out, they figure they can intimidate enough elected officials to get their way.
It’s the Obama Brotherhood Media.
I guess the Ohio thugs haven’t gotten the concern for our “image” message that has suddenly stricken the Wisconsin thugs.
Well, Ohio’s thugs haven’t been ‘protesting’ as long as the WI thugs. There IS a learning curve after all.