And the Intimidation of Private Businesses in WI by Unions Begins [Updated]
[updated at the author's request.--streiff
This letter was written by Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer. Sounds quite a bit like extortion, doesn’t it?]
The following is an excerpt from a letter to the owner of a convenience store, the Kwik Trip, in LaCrosse, WI. The content of this letter speaks for itself:
“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.
Also be advised that we are concerned about your company’s participation in Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and its continued effort to support candidates who oppose collective bargaining. It makes no difference to us how much or little money you put into that effort. Your participation in that organization provides you an opportunity to halt this practice. We would also request that Kwik Trip disclose whether it makes contributions to any other organizations, such as Americans for Prosperity or the Club for Growth or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
We recognize your right to form political associations but we also believe the public has a right to know what kind of contributions or payments you make that impact the political process. As labor organizations we and our members do not care to provide profits to companies that are working directly or indirectly to threaten the livelihood of our members.
So they will “cut off” these businesses that don’t toe the line? They see themselves as being in the position to “punish” those businesses that don’t toe the line, do they? They will now proceed to “put their foot down” and “lay down the law” to the private sector businesses that they, the Unions, will control the future of the state of Wisconsin, come what may come, is that it????
The gloves are off now, folks. They aren’t going to let this be resolved in a reasonable manner.
I knew that public sector unions saw themselves as being “entitled”. I also knew that they take private sector business profits for granted as a “gimme”.
Now, they are revealing, for all of the world to see, just how vindictive, malicious, and unscrupulous they truly !!!