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The union bullies in Wisconsin target businesses
American Thinker ^ | March 12, 2011 | Lee DeCovnick

Posted on 03/12/2011 6:52:13 PM PST by jazusamo

Wisconsin's public employee unions are now hell-bent on punishing selected Badger State taxpayers for the transgressions of electing Scott Walker and sending too many Republicans to the legislature.

Warning: If you are an independent conservative thinker, the following letter will really raise your blood pressure. Please do not attempt to drink hot beverages during the next 60 seconds.


March 10, 2011

Mr. Tom Ellis, President
Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
770 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, 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 Director
Wisconsin Professional Police Association

Mahlon Mitchell,President
Professional Professional Fire Fighters

Jim Conway, President
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311

John Matthews, Execuctive Director
Madison Teachers, Inc.

Keith Patt, Executive Director
Green Bay Education Association

Bob Richardson, President
Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association

Dan Frei, Prersident
Madison Professional Police Officers Association

I wonder if the ghost of Vito Corleone had a hand in drafting this letter. Or perhaps Dr. Evil, while stroking Mr. Bigglesworth, was paid a consulting fee by these Wisconsin public employee union presidents. Most likely, these unmasked union racketeers believe Orwell's famous line should read, "All animals are equal but union animals are more equal than others."

No matter, the letter reeks of fear, desperation and recklessness. Any pretense these unions had of showing civility, intelligence, or rational thought has evaporated in the sunlight. We are left with the uninhibited tantrums of a spoiled child, angrily lashing out at his parents who have begun to teach the painful lessons of sharing with the rest of the family.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: unclerico; unions; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
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1 posted on 03/12/2011 6:52:19 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

RICO.


2 posted on 03/12/2011 6:54:25 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 the year of ME.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Absolutely!


3 posted on 03/12/2011 6:55:14 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Isn’t this considered blackmail?


4 posted on 03/12/2011 6:55:54 PM PST by MsLady (Be the kind of woman that when you get up in the morning, the devil says, "Oh crap, she's UP !!")
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To: jazusamo

Nothing like starting out a warning letter with a glaring spelling error!

FASCIMILE

Must be that 5 star Wisconsin education we keep hearing about from these losers.


5 posted on 03/12/2011 6:57:17 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: jazusamo

One word: extortion.


6 posted on 03/12/2011 6:58:08 PM PST by y6162
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To: jazusamo
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.

This is a shakedown, pure and simple. They are demanding "protection money" and should be arrested. As community service, they should be assigned to clean up the state capitol and its surroundings with supplies they purchase.
7 posted on 03/12/2011 6:58:08 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: jazusamo

I’m sure Obie’s Just Us department will be all over this... /s


8 posted on 03/12/2011 6:59:07 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 the year of ME.)
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To: jazusamo

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.


9 posted on 03/12/2011 6:59:44 PM PST by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: jazusamo

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.


10 posted on 03/12/2011 7:00:01 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: y6162
One word: extortion.

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.

11 posted on 03/12/2011 7:01:37 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: jazusamo

Wow. Looks like I’ll be moving all accounts to M&I Bank come Monday. :)


12 posted on 03/12/2011 7:01:56 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: jazusamo

Starting in other states, New Hampshire for example:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2687832/posts


13 posted on 03/12/2011 7:02:08 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: jazusamo

Here, read it again with this in the background:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hQAO8QTnG8&feature=related

Better?


14 posted on 03/12/2011 7:02:11 PM PST by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: jazusamo

FLAGRANT Violation of Taft-Hartley Act......


15 posted on 03/12/2011 7:03:33 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: jazusamo

Hey businesses, come to Texas.

We’ll treat ya right.


16 posted on 03/12/2011 7:05:23 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO and the Fleebaggers.)
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To: Wilum

You bet it is, most appropriate.


17 posted on 03/12/2011 7:06:31 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taft%E2%80%93Hartley_Act


18 posted on 03/12/2011 7:09:37 PM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: jazusamo

The Mafia were jailed for the same thing...


19 posted on 03/12/2011 7:11:15 PM PST by bronxville (Ron Schiller - "...not just Islamophobic but, really, xenophobic,” “They believe in sort of white,)
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To: Red Badger

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.


20 posted on 03/12/2011 7:11:46 PM PST by xkaydet65 (IACTA ALEA EST!!!)
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To: jazusamo

LEOS are the enemies of the taxpayer.


22 posted on 03/12/2011 7:14:58 PM PST by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama, then try him for treason. / Homosexuals reject diversity.)
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To: jazusamo

Nice little establishment dat youse got heah. Be a real shame if sumptin bad was to happen to it. A real shame.


23 posted on 03/12/2011 7:20:14 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: jazusamo
Wish we could get one of our Freepers to combine the text and the theme and put it on You Tube.
24 posted on 03/12/2011 7:23:47 PM PST by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: jazusamo
James L. Palmer, Executive Director Wisconsin Professional Police Association ... Palmer, who authored the threat letter, is not and never has been a police officer. He's a registered lobbyist and corporate lawyer who's never seen the inside of a courtroom. He's a grad of Jesse Jackson Operation Push Shakedown U.
25 posted on 03/12/2011 7:24:51 PM PST by GAgal
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To: jazusamo

Cops, Firefighters and Teachers threatening a business, sad. Are they going to rob it, burn it or what?

Pray for America


26 posted on 03/12/2011 7:26:52 PM PST by bray (Hey Country Club, hold your noses this election.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Nice little establishment dat youse got heah. Be a real shame if sumptin bad was to happen to it. A real shame.

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.

27 posted on 03/12/2011 7:27:01 PM PST by digger48
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To: Red Badger

Holder is on top of it. Right after he goes after the black panthers.


28 posted on 03/12/2011 7:28:04 PM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: jazusamo
Dear Union Presidents and Directors,

Thanks but.........


29 posted on 03/12/2011 7:28:41 PM PST by tflabo
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To: My Favorite Headache
Nothing like starting out a warning letter with a glaring spelling error! FASCIMILE

Maybe they were reaching for "FASCISMILE"?

30 posted on 03/12/2011 7:35:14 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Nothing like starting out a warning letter with a glaring spelling error! FASCIMILE

Maybe they were reaching for "FASCISMILE"?

31 posted on 03/12/2011 7:35:47 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org|Must be a day for changing taglines)
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To: tflabo

We need to call our congress critters and senators and demand that they put pressure on the justice department to prosecute this.


32 posted on 03/12/2011 7:37:41 PM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Wilum
Wish we could get one of our Freepers to combine the text and the theme and put it on You Tube.

That would be great, wish I knew how.

33 posted on 03/12/2011 7:57:09 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Clump

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.


34 posted on 03/12/2011 7:59:07 PM PST by Kevin in California
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To: Clump

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.


35 posted on 03/12/2011 8:00:39 PM PST by WVNan
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To: My Favorite Headache
Nothing like starting out a warning letter with a glaring spelling error! FASCIMILE Must be that 5 star Wisconsin education we keep hearing about from these losers.

Mahlon Mitchell,President
Professional Professional Fire Fighters

36 posted on 03/12/2011 8:00:49 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Dan Frei, Prersident
Madison Professional Police Officers Association
37 posted on 03/12/2011 8:03:43 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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38 posted on 03/12/2011 8:15:00 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: jazusamo

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.


39 posted on 03/12/2011 8:16:26 PM PST by Logical me
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To: NoLibZone

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.


40 posted on 03/12/2011 8:25:07 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: jazusamo
The funniest part is, the changes don't apply to police and firefighters.

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.

41 posted on 03/12/2011 8:31:01 PM PST by RagingBull (Talent does what it can; genius does what it must)
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To: xkaydet65

Not if those supporting the pubs step up and do business with those that won’t bow to the stinkin union rats.


42 posted on 03/12/2011 8:34:37 PM PST by Always Independent
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To: Texas Eagle

Professional Professional Fire Fighters

Sounds like something from Fletch.


43 posted on 03/12/2011 8:41:06 PM PST by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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To: LostInBayport

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.


44 posted on 03/12/2011 8:43:45 PM PST by midcop402
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To: jazusamo

The only appropriate response: “Thanks for the list.”


45 posted on 03/12/2011 8:44:10 PM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent example why card check is against everything our founding fathers envisioned for the country.


46 posted on 03/12/2011 8:48:06 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: GAgal
James L. Palmer, Executive Director Wisconsin Professional Police Association ... Palmer, who authored the threat letter, is not and never has been a police officer. He's a registered lobbyist and corporate lawyer who's never seen the inside of a courtroom. He's a grad of Jesse Jackson Operation Push Shakedown U.

Perhaps, but he purports to speak for police officers, who then become guilty by association unless they demand his resignation.

47 posted on 03/12/2011 8:59:54 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (WI Pubs 1 : Fleebaggers ZERO!)
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To: Logical me; jazusamo
These are full blown American terrorists and if not disbanded will destroy America.

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 state’s 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.

48 posted on 03/12/2011 9:07:20 PM PST by frog in a pot (We need a working definition of "domestic enemies" if the oath of office is to have meaning.)
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To: jazusamo

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 America’s trade unionists, even within the CIO. But Communists did have a disproportionate impact. Several of the CIO’s most militant and—for a time—successful unions had outright Communist leadership. These included the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s 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 country—the 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 CIO’s model of Red-tolerant trade unionism was relatively successful. Between 1935 and 1945, millions and millions of American workers joined unions for the first time—both 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 hasn’t stopped; today, fewer than 12% of all workers—and fewer than 8% in the private sector—are union members.
Taft-Hartley
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 Truman’s 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 bill’s provisions—banning closed shops, secondary strikes, and the spending of dues for political purposes, while allowing states to pass union-busting “right to work” laws—had no Cold War purpose. They represented a long-stymied pro-business Republican agenda that had suffered under FDR’s 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-Hartley’s 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 CIO’s left-leaning unions, which rejected anticommunism as an illegitimate labor-splitting tactic, refused to sign the affidavits, threatening to undermine the CIO’s 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.


49 posted on 03/12/2011 9:10:35 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: My Favorite Headache
FASCIMILE

That's how they spell it in Tuscon...

50 posted on 03/12/2011 9:11:56 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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