guys slash my tires, stab me in the neck, try to beat me up," the construction
company official explained to the union organizer.
Given all that, he asked, why should the company hire such aggressive union militants?
positives are that the negatives you are complaining about would go away," the
union operative reportedly replied.
According to the Buffalo News, the "negatives" include hot coffee thrown
at independent-minded workers, sand dumped into the engines of company vehicles,
and the wife of a company representative threatened with sexual assault.
And the union toughs just might get away with it.
You see, ever since the Supreme Court's infamous 1973 Enmons decision, union bosses
have been granted immunity from federal prosecution for acts of violence and vandalism
they orchestrate in the so-called "pursuit of legitimate union objectives."
AFL-CIO union lawyer Jonathan D. Newman told the Buffalo News that "we simply
want to make sure that the [federal law] is not interpreted in a way that could
have a chilling effect on legitimate union activity."
The union violence in Buffalo is hardly an isolated incident.
As you may recall, the Associated Press reported that hundreds of Longshoreman
union militants held security guards hostage for hours at the Port of Longview
in Washington State on September 8.
Union thugs reportedly committed numerous acts of vandalism and violence including
breaking windows, cutting brake lines on railroad cars, and threatening police
officers with baseball bats.
Weeks later, local police have only made two arrests in connection with the September
And now Longshoremen union officials have launched a Wisconsin-style recall campaign
against the county sheriff investigating the raid.
Union officials know that if they intimidate local authorities, they can get away
The loophole in federal law ensures that union officials who may have orchestrated
and encouraged the union violence may never be brought to justice, especially
where they can intimidate and use political connections to stop local or state
National Right to Work Committee has an aggressive plan of action to force the
politicians in Washington, D.C. to stop turning a blind eye to union violence.
National Right to Work Committee is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens'
organization dedicated to combating compulsory unionism through an aggressive
program designed to mobilize public opposition to compulsory unionism and, at
the same time, enlist public support for Right to Work legislation.
Committee's mailing address is:
Braddock Road, Springfield, Virginia 22160.
Committee can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-325-7892. Its web address is
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