Wisconsin Unions Bully Shop Owners

A story of bullying from Wisconsin.

UNION GROVE – The government workers union is threatening to boycott numerous businesses here for declining to display a poster stating their support for “workers rights.”

Many Union Grove businesses Tuesday received a letter from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Each of them declined to display a sign stating, “This business supports workers rights” – with a prominent AFSCME logo below that. As a result, the union threatened them with a “public boycott.”

The fact that many other businesses got the same letter is little consolation for Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar store, 1000 Main St., which she opened 1 1/2 years ago.

“I’m a new business, and I need to concentrate on issues that won’t offend half of my customers,” she said Wednesday. “I work 60 hours a week, and I don’t get any of the benefits that (union members) get.”

There’s the problem in a nutshell. Unions bullying small business owners to support their strong-arming the state to provide public employees with better benefits than those paying the bills.

After making a case that government workers are badly treated by Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans’ recent moves to remove most collective bargaining rights, Parrett wrote: “With that, we’d ask that you reconsider taking a sign and stance to support public employees in this community.

“Failure to do so will leave us no choice but 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.”

There’s a place for unions, but this isn’t it.

1 comment

  1. I think the whole economic situation in the United States is getting way out of control. People tend to be more reactive than proactive. They rally against big businesses that take out insurance on their workers (Wal-Mart, for example) but usually fail to do anything in their own lives to bring about a revolution. Maybe owners of construction businesses that believe in the Liberal Movement can do away with part of their profits and build houses on quarter acres sections. Those were the good old days. Then the people can grow their own vegetables, have a communal water supply in each district, and have solar power. They wouldn’t need to work, and therefore, they wouldn’t need to protest.

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