Excerpt above from "The Godfather"
From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 30, 2011:
"Members of Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, have begun circulating letters to businesses in southeast Wisconsin, asking them to support workers’ rights by putting up a sign in their windows.
If businesses fail to comply, the letter says, “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members."
Jim Parrett, a field representative of Council 24 for Southeast Wisconsin, confirmed the contents of the letter, which carries his signature. But he added that the union was also circulating letters to businesses thanking them for supporting workers’ rights.
Parrett said that since the letters were sent out, he has received threatening phone calls as well as calls from people supporting the state workers.
"I've gotten a lot of threatening phone calls," Parrett said.
Parrett said he believed the letter campaign was going on in other parts of the state. His region includes Racine and Kenosha counties, as well as parts of Waukesha and Walworth counties.
“It’s going on in other parts of the state,” he said Wednesday.
Parrett referred questions to Marty Beil, the head of the Wisconsin State Employees Union. Beil was not immediately available for comment."
Terri Gray, executive director of the Union Grove Chamber of Commerce, said she had received many calls from member businesses about the union-led effort. She said most of the calls came from businessmen and women who preferred to remain neutral in the dispute between Gov. Scott Walker and organized labor.
"They don't want to pick a side," she said. "I told them, 'I believe you can choose to not choose.'"
Gray said the campaign appeared to have started a day or two ago. She said she didn't know whether the sign campaign was having an impact.
Asked Wednesday about the boycott effort, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said "that any nonviolent tactic used to get attention to the steamroller tactics it seems to me are reasonable. I encourage people to remain nonviolent and disciplined in their protests."
Soooo, if you refuse to hang a 'pro-Worker' sign in your store front, Union Workers boycott your store and actively work to prevent you from making a living for expressing an 'Opinion'?
This almost sounds like BlackMail. Oops, need to be factually accurate, better look it up just to be sure...
1. (Law) the act of attempting to obtain money by intimidation, as by threats to disclose discreditable information
2. the exertion of pressure or threats, esp unfairly, in an attempt to influence someone's actions
Yeah, this looks like the one I was thinking about...
What did they say again???“Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members."
You businesses in Wisconsin better get with the program.
To support the 'Children'...
"Oh, I guess she didn't hear me?" That's classic.
I especially like the three teachers at the end of preceding video clip (holding Starbucks cups) telling the reporter that this, "Is just like Nazi Germany."
Yes, I'm sure it's almost EXACTLY THE SAME AS Nazi Germany under Hitler... Oh, wait, no Starbucks back then, so it's NOT exactly the same, but otherwise, yeah, pretty much...
These are the folks teaching your children.