By Sam Foster
Big Government has the memeorandum thread, but I read about it in the unparrelled coverage over at Lonely Conservative.
According to JS Online, WI unions have created a political support protection racket:
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.
This would surely hurt public opinion of unions, but the trick is always the media's blinders to such overt political threats. I mean, it's a story not about Sarah Palin. While you seeth, let me entice the steam rising from the top of your head and point you to a recent NY Post article detailing how public unions have been protecting state workers who abuse the elderly.
A small thought on the legality of all of this. The legal wisdom is that this form of political speech is not extortion. I wonder if this will be true if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Obamacare. I mean, they are treatening to withhold business, which we know affects interstate commerce.