Wisconsin State Employees Union: Support us Publicly or We'll Boycott You

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    Mar 31, 2011 5:20 AM GMT
    This has got to strike even supporters as being at least a little thuggish.

    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/118910229.html

    WSEU circulating boycott letters

    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.

    In the letter from 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.”
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    Mar 31, 2011 7:25 AM GMT
    A lot thuggish. That behavior gives unions a bad name.

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    Mar 31, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    It's not "thuggish", whatever that means. If these businesses want to support politicians bent on denying citizens their rights, then they should be prepared to deal with the consequences.
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    Mar 31, 2011 12:48 PM GMT
    Breaking knee caps or money extortion is thuggish...

    ...or stealing letterhead stationary from the opponents campaign and then printing up workings like :free booze at the opponents rally. ( aka Karl Rove )

    Let's not forget the ALL THE deathbed forgiveness of Lee Atwater asked for all the evil doings he did.


    Putting up a sign in a window is HARDLY THUGGISH.


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    Mar 31, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    LeanathleticDC saidBreaking knee caps or money extortion is thuggish...

    ...or stealing letterhead stationary from the opponents campaign and then printing up workings like :free booze at the opponents rally. ( aka Karl Rove )

    Let's not forget the ALL THE deathbed forgiveness of Lee Atwater asked for all the evil doings he did.


    Putting up a sign in a window is HARDLY THUGGISH.


    Agreed... poor taste maybe...
    And for those readers in here who think that's this is thuggish.. Just remember that the next time a boycott is called with a company that the gay community has been condemned by. Your hypocrisy will destroy you or your willingness to feed the hand that kills will.
  • rnch

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    Mar 31, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    i don't recall this type of non-violent protest/boycott being called "thuggish" when it was practiced by the civil rights movement supporters in the 1960's...


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  • mke_bt

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    Mar 31, 2011 5:56 PM GMT

    It just shows what big pussies some people have become if this action is considered thuggish. Think Pinkertons busting knee caps. Please try to keep your hyperbole in check.