Skip to comments.The union bullies in Wisconsin target businesses
Posted on 03/12/2011 6:52:13 PM PST by jazusamo
March 10, 2011
Mr. Tom Ellis, PresidentMarshall & Ilsley Corporation770 N. Water StreetMilwaukee, WI 53202
SENT VIA FASCIMILE AND REGULAR MAIL
Dear Mr. Ellis:
As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a "budget adjustment bill" to eviscerate public employees' right to collectively bargain in Wisconsin.
As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.
The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker's efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.
In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table.
Wisconsin's public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that ideal.
In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer, at 608.273.3840.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
James L. Palmer, Executive DirectorWisconsin Professional Police Association
Mahlon Mitchell,PresidentProfessional Professional Fire Fighters
Jim Conway, PresidentInternational Association of Fire Fighters Local 311
John Matthews, Execuctive DirectorMadison Teachers, Inc.
Keith Patt, Executive DirectorGreen Bay Education Association
Bob Richardson, PresidentDane County Deputy Sheriffs Association
Dan Frei, PrersidentMadison Professional Police Officers Association
Isn’t this considered blackmail?
Nothing like starting out a warning letter with a glaring spelling error!
Must be that 5 star Wisconsin education we keep hearing about from these losers.
One word: extortion.
I’m sure Obie’s Just Us department will be all over this... /s
I think that the police and fire should be included. They support these scum and are placing their names on this. Scott Walker, please pick up the white courtesy phone.
As Karl Denninger pointed out today, two can play at that game. Private businesses can refuse service to government union employees. Don’t sell to them. Don’t provide services to them. Turn them away at every opportunity. The membership will get the message real fast that supporting jackasses like their leadership has consequences.
That's been the modus operandi of labor unions from their very inception. It wasn't that unions were a good idea that was corrupted. They were born in corruption.
By definition unionism is anti-liberty and opposed to freedom.
Wow. Looks like I’ll be moving all accounts to M&I Bank come Monday. :)
Starting in other states, New Hampshire for example:
Here, read it again with this in the background:
FLAGRANT Violation of Taft-Hartley Act......
Hey businesses, come to Texas.
We’ll treat ya right.
You bet it is, most appropriate.
The Mafia were jailed for the same thing...
Only th US Justice Dept can enforce Taft Hartley. I don’t expect that to happen. Absent any legal enforcement, I expect this extortion to work. The threat of boycott of local enterprises is effective since there is no unified opposing force of anything approaching equal power.
LEOS are the enemies of the taxpayer.
Nice little establishment dat youse got heah. Be a real shame if sumptin bad was to happen to it. A real shame.
Cops, Firefighters and Teachers threatening a business, sad. Are they going to rob it, burn it or what?
Pray for America
with a slow response time by the FD and union influence on the arson investigation.......This is DiNiro movie type stuff going on here.
A disturbing list of signers, to be sure.
Holder is on top of it. Right after he goes after the black panthers.
Maybe they were reaching for "FASCISMILE"?
Maybe they were reaching for "FASCISMILE"?
We need to call our congress critters and senators and demand that they put pressure on the justice department to prosecute this.
That would be great, wish I knew how.
Yeah, I’m certain they’ll jump all over that. When it gets to Holder, I’m sure he’ll drop everything he’s doing and make this a priority.
Sorry to say it ain’t gonna happen as there’s no rule of law with these radicals running our country.
The Tea Party up there needs to show up in front of this business and denounce all the names on that letter. Post the letter in big type in the window and DARE the unions to do anything to that business or any other business who supported Gov. Walker. This is a job for the Tea Parties.
Professional Professional Fire Fighters
They are drawing a line in the sand and do not cross it. These are full blown American terrorists and if not disbanded will destroy America.
Been looking that way to citizens for a long time now, but the clarity this brings to the equation is now hard to argue with.
This bill limits the right to collectively bargain for all employees who are not public safety employees (general employees) to the subject of base wages.
Not if those supporting the pubs step up and do business with those that won’t bow to the stinkin union rats.
Professional Professional Fire Fighters
Sounds like something from Fletch.
This is criminal in my opinion. Law Enforcement requires that you act differently. As I said while talking with some friends, You just can’t act like your buddies at the bowling alley. And this means you cannot write a letter demanding that a business do what you want them to do or else you would boycott them.
This is using your position of authority to gain special treatment or favors. In Michigan this would be a 10 year felony.
On the flip side; Any current or former employee has a free get out of jail card for everything except major crime. This letter provides the perfect backdrop for a defense for traffic tickets and even minor criminal investigations. I know that I would play this card if I were the company.
I am not the only LEO who thinks this way. Unfornately, too many think that this action was appropriate. There are too many in law enforcement that should not be there.
The only appropriate response: “Thanks for the list.”
Excellent example why card check is against everything our founding fathers envisioned for the country.
Perhaps, but he purports to speak for police officers, who then become guilty by association unless they demand his resignation.
Agreed. The unions who signed this letter have become anarchists.
They intend either to cause crippling financial problems for the state government or to bleed the taxpayers white. Either result threatens the states capitalist economy and thus, its political structure.
It seems to me the bank has legal recourse when it is informed that members of the police and fire departments, subdivisions of the state, plan to boycott the bank for its failure to support their political agenda.
The bank now has grounds to reasonably conclude it will suffer a lack of police protection and lack of timely response from the local fire department.
The threat of withholding such fundamental government services is clearly an act of terror.
The communists are back bigger and more bold than ever before, with a complicit media and milquetoast GOP leaders too terrified of being accused of mccarthyism to even bring the subject up.
Labor in Cold War: McCarthyism & Red Scare
Looking at the Past Through the Lens of Labor
The CP and The CIO
Communists represented a small, but significant, minority within the burgeoning labor movement of the late 1930s and early 1940s, especially within the unions of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), which arose after 1935 to rival the older and more conservative American Federation of Labor (AFL). Communists believed, as a matter of ideological conviction, that anti-capitalist revolution must begin with the working class; therefore, they threw themselves into the task of organizing workers into industrial unions with great enthusiasm.
Communists never comprised more than a tiny proportion of Americas trade unionists, even within the CIO. But Communists did have a disproportionate impact. Several of the CIOs most militant andfor a timesuccessful unions had outright Communist leadership. These included the International Longshoremens and Warehousemens Union (ILWU), the International Woodworkers of America (IWA), and the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE). Many other CIO unions, including some of the largest unions in the countrythe United Auto Workers (UAW), United Steelworkers (USW), and United Mine Workers (UMW)had non-Communist leaders but employed effective Communist organizers at lower levels within their organizations.
The CIO was never, as its critics frequently alleged, a mere front for Communist Party agitation. But the CIO did, for a long time, tolerate the presence of Communists within its ranks and benefit from Communists commitment and organizing prowess.
Rise and Fall of the House of Labor
Through the end of World War II, the CIOs model of Red-tolerant trade unionism was relatively successful. Between 1935 and 1945, millions and millions of American workers joined unions for the first timeboth in the CIO and in the AFL, which began organizing aggressively to counter competition from the CIO. Unions raised wages, reduced work hours, and won improvements in working conditions. By 1945, more than 35% of the American workforce was unionized, and labor leaders hoped for a future in which unions shaped not only workplace conditions but also public policy and even business decision-making. (In 1946, the UAW attempted to introduce into its negotiations with General Motors not only an agreement on wages but also on the price GM would charge for cars.)
In retrospect, we can now see that the end of World War II marked not the beginning of a golden age for American labor but instead the beginning of the end. The proportion of American workers who belong to unions began to fall in 1946 and hasnt stopped; today, fewer than 12% of all workersand fewer than 8% in the private sectorare union members.
The collapse of American labor began with the Taft-Hartley Labor-Management Relations Act, a piece of legislation that can only be understood in the context of the Cold War. Taft-Hartley, passed by a Republican Congress over President Trumans veto in 1947, used the threat of Communist subversion to justify rolling back many of the advantages labor had gained in the 1935 Wagner Act. Most of the bills provisionsbanning closed shops, secondary strikes, and the spending of dues for political purposes, while allowing states to pass union-busting right to work lawshad no Cold War purpose. They represented a long-stymied pro-business Republican agenda that had suffered under FDRs New Deal administration.
But these anti-labor provisions, which caused labor leaders and even Truman himself to denounce Taft-Hartley as a slave-labor bill, were sold by Republicans as necessary to the national defense under the new conditions of the Cold War. The Communists tolerated within many unions were no longer mere radical agitators, but potential fifth columnists in the service of our new mortal enemy, the Soviet Union. Taft-Hartley targeted Communists within the labor movement by requiring union officers to sign affidavits affirming they were not members of the Communist Party. Any union that failed to sign the affidavits lost its right to a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board, and thus effectively lost any protection under federal law.
Splitting the CIO
Taft-Hartleys anticommunist affidavits made it impossible for American unions to avoid a direct reckoning with the Communist problem, and that reckoning shattered the CIO. Several of the CIOs left-leaning unions, which rejected anticommunism as an illegitimate labor-splitting tactic, refused to sign the affidavits, threatening to undermine the CIOs legal status. In 1949 and 1950, the CIO responded by purging its Communists from its ranks, firing left-wing officials and expelling twelve unions that refused to abandon their Communist-tolerant ways.
That's how they spell it in Tuscon...