Friday, December 14, 2012


The following story by Bill Weckesser illustrates the differences between Union Thugs and Right to Work advocates:

The rest of the story on Lansing union thugs
Bill Weckesser

You've probably seen the video of the union thugs knocking down the tent in front of Michigan's capital the other day. You know about the folks trapped inside.Now, to quote Paul Harvey, here's "the rest of the story."

Across the street from the tent was Clint Tarver, known to everyone in our area as "The Hot Dog Guy." He sells from a street cart. He crossed the street to help those in need...then found that the union thugs had destroyed his hot dog cart because the tent was sponsored by a Right to Work group. Thanks now goes to Lorilea Susanne who put together a web page to raise money for a new hot dog cart for Mr. Lee. The original goal was $2, it. New goal $5,000. Got it...still going. Here's a link to the site.

There's a lot to be said for free association and individual initiative. And, perhaps, the true spirit of Christmas.

The video can be seen HERE.

Now everybody can see how wonderfully civilized and compassionate union members are.

Oh, wait! This story shows just the opposite!

Who knew?

(Hint: I did)


Fredd said...

Unions are a thing of the past. They are like zombies: the walking dead, destroying all in their path, and just don't know their dead yet.

Xavier Onassis said...

Fredd - That would be "they're", not "their". Always happy to help the intellectually challenged. You're welcome.

sue hanes said...

Joe - I read the link. Did he get his hot dog stand destroyed or not.
It seems to me there are conflicting statements.

The unions that are violent are wrong. I have trouble believing that they are all bad. We just hear about the bad ones - just like anything else that we hear - only about the bad stuff.

Isn't that right - Joe?

Joe said...

Fredd: I hope you are right. Unions have far outlived their usefullness.

XO: That was really helpful to the conversation. Thanks.

sh: When I lived in the sleepy little Florida town of Punta Gorda, the teachers went on strike. Thugs came down from somewhere to "enforce" the picket lines. Those who wanted to work were called vulgar names, pushed and shoved and who knows what all else?

All of that, and Florida is a right to work state...has been for a long, long time.

Unions leaders and most rank-and-file members are thugs of the first order.

sue hanes said...

Joe - So what you are saying is that unions that could be good have an element in them that comes in and does the dirty work.

I can understand that - and so this gives unions a bad name.

You are right as usual - Joe.

What can be done about it?

Joe said...

DM: "What can be done about it?"

It's not that tough.

Every state should be a right-to-work state. Union membership should be entirely optional. Unions should be controlled by the rank-and-file, not by some cadre of powerful leaders, most of whom are among the so-called 1 percenters.

Employees should not be prevented from cooperatively airing grieviences without being union members and without fear of retribution.

Unions, as they exist today, are rotten to the core and should not be as powerful as they are.

But I'll tell you this, it will only get worse until we reach and change the emotional hearts of men and women in this country.

Fredd said...


I stand corrected by my superior. (snicker).
Just FYI, 'their' in my usage was correct, and your 'correction of 'they're' is in fact simply a contraction of 'they are.' Go ahead and insert 'they are' into my sentence and see how it sounds, brainiac.

'Yore' welcome.

Xavier Onassis said...

Fredd - OK. Instead of your "...and just don't know their dead yet" I'll insert my "...and just don't know they're dead yet".

Your sentence suggests that they have dead that they do not know yet. Which makes no sense at all.

My sentence conveys your actual intended meaning which is they are dead and do not know it yet.

Try to pay attention.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Unions are not necessary except as storm troopers to force people to pay them.