Thank you Katie for this find: The Blaze , letter from Jim Parrett (Union Field Representative), threatening a local business for NOT displaying a “pro-union” sign (and this was not an isolated incident).
As I searched around, it is interesting how non-existent the coverage is on this story. How is this NOT top news, somewhere? Because unions have everyone cornered with a knife held at their wallets?
One of the very-few finds on this threat problem, here are the few and far between discussions..
- Examiner “Parrett said he has received threatening phone calls since the letters went out. Apparently, he can’t understand that business owners do not like being threatened by union thugs”
Naturally there are numerous articles that are against Scott Walker. Remember the bias in media, search engines are under that thumb too.
There has to be a way to boycott businesses/organizations that unions control. But this is a tough one, there are the known entities like automakers (we avoid buying a new car,or one of those makes) and schools (opt for a charter, private or home school), then there are correctional facilities (how on earth can we boycott a correctional facility?).
The union thug states the union workers have not received raises over the past 5 years. Wow and yet how many Americans have had not seen pay increases, or worse yet lost their jobs? The other “issue” is they don’t like how the discussion was approached.
(increases in health care & pension) which “could’ve” been negotiated (and was actually offered) properly.
In that statement he is acknowledging it was offered, they just did not like how the negotiations were presented. In other words, they are being fussy children because they are not getting their way, because they “want it all” and nothing less will do. Union workers need to step outside of their world, take a look at regular jobs.. and see how over paid they already are!! Yes they might not see raises, but they are receiving far more than they should! Note also that healthcare is one of the increases, did they thank Obama for that? After all they voted for him…Barack Obama won by 56% to 42% over John McCain
Wikipedia Union Highlights:
In the 1940s and 1950s, links to organized crime were discovered in U.S. unions, hurting their image. Since the 1970s, union membership has been steadily declining in the private sector while growing in the public sector
If you join a unionized shop, you typically will be required to “contribute” to the union (1-2% of your pay).
Of course unions think their decline in membership is because employers are keeping them out. But membership started to grow again in 2007, then declined again.
Members of labor unions enjoy “Weingarten Rights.” If management questions the union member on a matter that may lead to discipline or other changes in working conditions, union members can request representation by a union representative
I think that should be renamed as “whiner” rights. If the union member is not getting their way they can fuss to their rep, and they will “take care” of the “problem”.
Collective bargaining is the main topic of what is happening in Wisconsin & the Unions. It sounds innocent enough… But there is more to it. Collective Bargaining is more about the Union power & control, the more they control the more power. So it is a benefit to the Unions, not the members. The more money they have the more control & power, the more political power, and it just keeps growing from there. Unions are exempt from anti-trust laws, which allows them to fix higher prices (sounds like a benefit for the consumer eh?).
The Numbers: Who and what are the majority of unions… they are mostly between 45-64, and work largely in automotive and construction.
Percentage of workforce
▪ Total: 12.4%
▪ Public sector: 36.8%
▪ Private sector: 7.6%
▪ Age 16–24: 5.0%
▪ 25–34: 10.7%
▪ 35–44: 13.4%
▪ 45–54: 16.0%
▪ 55–64: 16.6%
▪ 65 and over: 9.0%
▪ Women: 11.4%
▪ Men: 13.4%
Standard Occupational Classification
▪ Management, professional: 13.4%
▪ Service: 11.9%
▪ Sales and office: 7.4%
▪ Natural resources, construction, and maintenance: 17.7%
▪ Production, transportation, and material moving: 16.4%