Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Repression Shoe is on the Other Foot

Having been told more than once that management is engaged in nearly unceasing violence upon angelic unions, which are never thuggish or corrupt, this very nearly used up every bit of gast in my flabber:

PHILADELPHIA — It was several weeks ago when vandals struck the building site, setting fire to a crane, cutting deep gashes in steel columns and loosening the bolts that anchored them. The episode resulted in about $500,000 in damage and was, the authorities believe, apparently an attempt to halt the construction of a Quaker meeting house.


Four union members visited the site during the week before the overnight attack on Dec. 20-21, asking questions about who was doing specific construction tasks, said Robert N. Reeves Jr., the president of E. Allen Reeves Inc., the contractor. The company operates an “open shop” that does not employ union members but may work with unionized subcontractors, Mr. Reeves said.

Each of the union members left the site after being told by employees that they could not give out information about the construction, Mr. Reeves said. The fourth told the site manager on Dec. 17 that “I’ll do what I have to do,” said the manager, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Gee, I wonder why.

But wait, there's more:

The episode is the latest in Philadelphia to prompt allegations that trade unions engage in violence and intimidation in an effort to secure work for their members.

In mid-December, an employee of Post Brothers Apartments, a local developer, was attacked with a crowbar by a member of the Ironworkers Union, according to Michael Pestronk, chief executive of the company. Post Brothers is in a dispute with local unions over its refusal to hire all-union labor to work on an apartment building in central Philadelphia


Post Brothers initially wanted to hire 40 percent union labor on the project, converting a factory into 163 loft apartments, but is using all nonunion workers after unions withdrew their members in protest at the company’s position, Mr. Pestronk said.

“They told me, ‘If you don’t make this project 100 percent union, we are going to do everything in our power to stop this job,'” Mr. Pestronk said in an interview. Picketing of the Goldtex site began in December 2011 and employees have been harassed and attacked in episodes that have been captured on video and posted on a company Web site, he said.

Remember, look for that union label.


Blogger Susan's Husband said...

Union thugs are hardly sublte about it because no one will call them out on it. Two Americas, as usual.

January 17, 2013 4:26 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

I couldn't help but notice this sentence from your link:

The audience enjoys the moment, laughing at Lewis’ invocation of Robespierran remedies, as NRO put it, at which point Lewis generously allows, “I don’t think we’re at that point.” Yet.

In the post-Sandy Hook brouhaha over the 2A, one of the confiscationists favorite criticisms is to ridicule the reliance upon personal weapons as a defense against tyranny.

So let's say a unionized police force is called to defend a non-union job site from union thuggery. Do you think it is possible, just possible, that the response might be oh, laggardly? Or the subsequent investigation superficial? Or prosecutions non-existent?

January 17, 2013 4:53 PM  

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