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.