Reposted from Rightmichigan.com
I wrote about coercion the other day. In fact, I argue the contracts that are a part of the public employee arrangement are the result of coercive measures; that they are in fact “coercive contracts.” That they are as such, non binding.And covering only the contracts themselves, one could argue the illegitimate role that labor provides, when discussing compensation and bargaining with public entities. The monopolistic nature of Michigan’s public sector employment pool negates any entrepreneurial efforts towards excellence that might develop, and the state’s tax payers are hardly served in any constructive or positive manner. In other words, a free market for those positions residing outside the labor influenced sphere would create great opportunities.
Perhaps that is what labor fears. So much so, that it has now returned to its base form of thinly veiled threats of violence and extortive measures on the private entities that actually pay the bills. People OUTSIDE government now facing the very same violent animal attitude of organized labor types. Not yet here, but very, very, close.
It seems for the time being folks, we have ALL become Wisconsinites.
Wisconsin Business leaders apparently received a letter recently:
“Collective bargaining has maintained labor peace between public employers and employees for more than 50 years …As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. …
The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. …
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. …
We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that ideal. In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer, at 608.273.3840.”
These labor people assume too much power. We will NEVER have the opportunity as we do now to fight back against such threats to our safety and the economic stability of good governance. As long as there are threats of blue flu, burned buildings, or police standing by while crimes happen, we will have no security. Caving to this type of demand offers nothing but the confidence of bought time. Accepting this as anything but the criminal extortion that it is, would be immoral and sets a dangerous precedent.
I would encourage Michigan’s senate majority leader Randy Richardville to consider this very carefully as those around him craft identical legislation to the suggested House (Bolger) right-to-work legislation. Further, strengthening legislation that punishes extortion, and more clearly defines what constitutes criminal extortion might be appropriate.
If this type of attitude by labor is allowed to continue, Michigan will as well, continue to be held hostage, and remain with an unpredictable, and possibly dangerous future.