Taking a little time off from their "Protect and Serve" duties, a few Wisconsin police and firefighter unions have decided it's time to engage in some intimidation of the citizens.
A number of Wisconsin businesses recently received letters signed by, among others, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the Dane County Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Madison Professional Police Officers Association. The letter tells the business owners that:
"The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker's efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters,and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities."
Then comes the threat:
"In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company."
The letter is also signed by two firefighter organizations and a couple of teacher's union locals. The implication, of course is "We might not respond very quickly to a robbery or fire on your property if you don't agree with our political stands."
It's a peculiar bit of logic: Threatening an economic boycott of the very taxpayers who pay the union member's salaries.
Fortunately the good folks at M&I Bank – one of Wisconsin’s biggest bank chains – had the fortitude to tell the unions to shove it.
“M&I has not taken, and will not take, a position either for or against the budget repair bill….M&I has over 6,000 employees in Wisconsin, and, in the great tradition of political freedom in this country, those employees have the right to contribute to the candidate of their choice.”
Freedom? What a concept! Perhaps these union thugs should learn something about it.
The letter also says that if you would like to discuss the matter, you should call Jim Palmer, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. Jimbo's number is 608-273-3840. I'm sure he'd appreciate a call from you, explaining what you think of his tactics. If you'd rather email him, you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.