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."What a bunch of brownshirts. There's more:
In the letter from [Jim] Parrett to some businesses, he says that, “It is unfortunate that you have chosen ‘not’ to support public workers rights in Wisconsin. In recent past weeks you have been offered a sign by a public employee who works in one of the state facilities in the Union Grove area. These signs simply said, ‘This Business Supports Workers Rights,’ a simple, subtle and we feel non-controversial statement gives the facts at this time.”Parrett is a "field representative" for AFSCME Local 24. Yeah, his approach is subtle. Subtle as a flying mallet. Let's think about what these swells are doing. They are demanding that people who would rather not be involved in their dispute become involved. They are conscripting people into a battle that isn't their particular concern. And they are threatening economic harm to those who do not comply with their wishes, regardless of the reason. This is the worst sort of behavior -- raw, unmediated thugishness.
One of the things that I cherish the most about this country is that, in the main, we have built a society in which coercion is disdained. It is difficult for me to imagine the kind of mindset that believes the cause of justice is served by coercing people to toe anyone's particular line. This is the worst kind of behavior and, since law enforcement seems to be siding with the unions in Wisconsin, it appears to be going on with impunity.
Riddle me this -- why should someone like Jim Parrett win? And what is happening in the State of Wisconsin that a guy like Jim Parrett feels like he can comport himself like this?