Union Thuggery May Go Unpunished
They’re charged with pouring sand into the engines of construction vehicles and stabbing a company executive in the neck. They’re also accused of tossing hot coffee at non-union workers and threatening to sexually assault the wife of a company representative.
But in the eyes of organized labor — and maybe the U.S. Supreme Court, as well — the alleged violence, threats and intimidation by leaders of Local 17, Operating Engineers, in Buffalo may be permissible under federal law.
If that doesn’t get your blood pressure up and offend your sense of right and wrong I can only guess that you are one of the drones who has given up his or her personal choice and sense of individualism to the unions.
These outrageous acts of violence and destruction of property are what Union members are doing in Buffalo to get what they want the way they want it, and Buffalo isn’t an isolated case. The problem is these union thugs just might get away with this kind of lawless behavior.
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.” Yeah I know, it made me scratch my head and wonder “what were they thinkin?”
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 8 raid. 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 with anything.
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 prosecutions.
You read the charges in the first 3 paragraphs of this blog and they are disgusting and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but the law in fact might provide them an escape from justice and further incentive to continue with such abhorrent behavior.
Every respectable union member should be up in arms about this and the stain it places on them and their association with unions. It’s time for the rank and file to stop thinking as a collective and using their individual intelligence and choice to say ENOUGH! The sad thing is most of the respectable union members know what would happen to them if they did, so they won’t.
- Judge fines Longshore union $250,000 over tactics (sfgate.com)
- N.Y. Case May Decide Limits of Union Violence (abcnews.go.com)
- http://www.buffalonews.com/city/police-courts/courts/article563253.ece (Original article)
- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204226204576601232986845102.html (food for thought)