Unions deploy money and muscle in Battle of Wisconsin

April 1, 2011 04:21

Failure to display a pro-union sign, the letter says, “will leave us no choice but [to] do a public boycott of your business.” And if you want to remain neutral — well, that’s not good enough. “Sorry, neutral means ‘no’ to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members,” the letter says.

By Byron York at the Examiner


Weeks after Gov. Walker signed the budget bill into law, the battle over union prerogatives is not only not subsiding — it’s spreading to new fronts. There are the recall efforts going on in which Democrats and Republicans are each targeting the other party’s state senators. There is a court battle over whether the new law can be implemented. There is a campaign for the state supreme court that has become an extension of the union fight. And now there is the intimidation campaign — join us or else — aimed at business owners.

“We’re in uncharted territory here,” says Republican Sen. Leah Vukmir. “We’ve never seen anything like it.”

So far, Democrats seem to have the edge.

“They are far more organized, and they understand that the stakes are incredibly high,” says Vukmir of the union campaign. “What happens in Wisconsin will have a dramatic effect on what happens in other states and the country.”

Now, add in the new union intimidation campaign directed against businesses in the state. The Republican victory in the legislature didn’t settle anything. It just opened up some ugly new fronts in the Battle of Wisconsin.


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