As the saying here at the CH 2.0 goes,
Unions: so great, that people have to be forced to join.
And, if you want the freedom to choose if you belong to a union or not, goons show up to threaten you! Freedom Works has more…
One eyewitness sent me an account of what happened, along with video. This eyewitness has requested anonymity, fearing reprisals from the unions.
Freedom “Ruins Everything,” Unions Protest
Three words strike fear into the hearts of union leaders: “Right to Work.” At the mere mention of the phrase, unions in lockstep intimidate, harass, and bully those who dare to question what’s best for American workers.
Little did I know I’d be experiencing this first hand.
As a young conservative striving to find a foothold in a challenging economy, I was intrigued by the Northwest Employee Freedom event about right-to-work legislation. Held jointly by Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute and Washington’s Freedom Foundation, labor experts including “top union watchdog” Vincent Vernuccio from the Mackinac Center would be coming to Vancouver to discuss labor reform and strategies for increasing employee freedom across the country.
I was looking forward to an intellectual discussion from these leading minds, but others insisted on being heard that evening.
From the moment my companions and I pulled up to the Clark College parking lot, already having fought our way through a drenching Northwest downpour, we realized another battle lay ahead. A cluster of people waving signs obstructed the driveway. Standing in the crosswalk to slow down cars, one man snapped pictures of every license plate as we drove in. Intimidation: Chapter One.
Chapter Two awaited us at the building entrance. Another crowd milled around the doors bearing more signs, daring any one of us to call them out. “He threatened to punch me if I didn’t get out of the crosswalk,” complained one would-be victim about another event attendee. “Let’s call the police on him.” One man held a sign stating, “Right 2 Work short changes your wallet” and admonished us, “Shame on you!” as we walked by without comment. “Right to work ruins society,” intoned another protester. “Ruins everything.”
The only thing being ruined at that moment was the educational forum we were yet to reach. Protesters in the hallway hovered as we presented our tickets, trying to join their compatriots who had already shouldered their way inside.
We entered the room to find sheer chaos – men with signs and bullhorns flanked the perimeter, surrounding participants who sat at tables watching the spectacle in disbelief. Vincent Vernuccio, the featured speaker, was countering the amplified voices with his brash New York attitude, giving no quarter as the men tried to hold the event hostage. “It’s our meeting now!” one bullhorned protester proudly proclaimed, as if sheer volume somehow translated to being king of the sandhill.
Chanting then broke out. “Hey hey, ho ho, union busting’s got to go! Hey hey, ho ho…” Another shouting match ensued. “Who is paying your wages?” demanded one protester. “What are your biggest donors, your biggest contributors?” Ah yes, because unions are clearly in favor of financial transparency.
The situation continued out of hand until police arrived to a round of applause, escorting out the union trespassers and arresting one man who tried to insist that he was being “profiled.”
“Back to our regularly scheduled programming,” Vincent, the speaker, quipped. “If you’re not getting flak, it means you’re not over the target!”
The event itself proved incredibly illuminating. Harry Beck, famous for union workers’ “Beck rights” to pay only those dues not used for political purposes, cited Governor Kitzhaber’s Labor Day speech as a classic example of the hypocrisy inherent in the anti-right-to-work movement.
“Kitzhaber gives women the right to an abortion, or not. He gives seniors the right to die with dignity, or not. But he won’t give public sector workers, who are specially trained, who carry guns, who protect us, who we trust to teach our children – he won’t give them the right to choose whether to be in a union, or not. Why? Because they’re not smart enough?”
“Right-to-work isn’t about union dues. It’s about choice. It’s about freedom,” he emphasized.
Freedom to make unions have to earn their dues. Freedom to hold them accountable to the members that they claim to represent. Freedom from fear of the retaliation and intimidation tactics on which they rely.
Hey hey, ho ho, freedom helps workers, don’t ya know?
All of this points out several aspects about Unions, and the political left as a whole…
1. The left is all about choice, until you choose something they don’t like. Choose to kill a baby? Great! Choose to kill a black baby? “Better yet,” says the leftist! Choose to be gay, Muslim, Wiccan, or furry? Excellent!
Now, something breaks down…
Choose to be a Christian? HATER! Choose to be free? GREEDY! Choose not to be in a Unions? Release the Union Thugs! You’re a medical worker who chooses not to participate in abortions because of your religious beliefs? You’re FIRED!
2. “This what democracy looks like,” was the battle cry in Wisconsin, and at OWS. But, when people vote for something else, it simple cannot be allowed. You see, “democracy” is only “democracy” if the leftists win, even if they have to cheat. If they lose, then it is not “democracy,” it is “hate.”
3. Just like the East Germans and Soviet Union, the totalitarian impulse is strong in leftists. So even if it sucks, people cannot be allowed to leave. Whether its keeping poor minority kids from escaping democrat-ruined public schools, or preventing workers from choosing to join a union, there can be no escape from leftist control, and if Union Thugs have to bust your head to make you stay, so be it.