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State Employee Unions Circulating Boycott Letters

“Nice business you have there.  True pity if anything were to happen to it.”

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.

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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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Terri Gray, executive director of the Union Grove Chamber of Commerce, said she had received many calls from member businesses about the union-led effort. She said most of the calls came from businessmen and women who preferred to remain neutral in the dispute between Gov. Scott Walker and organized labor.

“They don’t want to pick a side,” she said. “I told them, ‘I believe you can choose to not choose.'”

Gray said the campaign appeared to have started a day or two ago. She said she didn’t know whether the sign campaign was having an impact.

Asked Wednesday about the boycott effort, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said “that any nonviolent tactic used to get attention to the steamroller tactics it seems to me are reasonable. I encourage people to remain nonviolent and disciplined in their protests.”

Asked if he supported boycott efforts in Wisconsin, Jackson did not directly endorse them.

He said: The best way to resolve conflict is when everybody is at the tabel and they can negotiate through some rational institutional process.”

Thanks Jesse, seriously.

I had heard from some friends in and around Madison that signs like this had become the “in-fashion” on State Street; so of course, some idiot liberal thought “Hey, it works in Madison.  Let’s take this thing statewide!”

Once again a reminder: What works in Madison, sans a Badgers sporting event, rarely, if ever works statewide.

For weeks now, the Left has been saying that the tactics of Walker, the Fitzgeralds, and other conservatives have been “stoking the fires” against the State GOP, Justice David Prosser, and the State Senate Recalls.  What’s to say that this little stunt from AFSCME doesn’t have the reverse effect and stokes the fires of Wisconsin conservatives?

No one’s ever said Marty Beil had a brain attached when he’s frothing with rage…

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  • Kneenor

    Behling was talking about this on his show today. He said “let’s give it right back to them”. Boycott any business you see with the AFSME support sign – go into the business and tell them why you won’t shop there. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.