Labor movement crucial?

Published 1:00 am Sunday, September 18, 2011

I’m writing this letter in response to Paul Jahnet’s letter “Labor movement crucial” printed in the Post of Sept. 11.

Really, Paul? We all recently watched the union thuggery up in Minnesota. And just last week the brutish actions of hundreds of longshoremen in Washington State destroying property and terrorizing people. It’s no big surprise that that story was barely reported by the media.

Thankfully, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton stood his ground against the unions. Even better, the voters, by voting them out, sent a signal to a couple of cowardly politicians who fled the state in an effort to avoid their responsibilities.

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Unions are now trying to dictate where companies can build their facilities and whom they can hire! Are you kidding me? The demands unions are making today, especially government unions, are bankrupting this country state by state. But y’all don’t care that the rest of the country is in the toilet, as long as you get more and more of your ridiculous demands met.

Whatever good unions did in the past, or need they may have once served, has been replaced by violence, intimidation and an unbelievable sense of entitlement. What’s worse, unions are a massive money machine that do whatever they can do to ensure the election or re-election of like-minded politicians.

Maybe a new union motto could be “you scratch our backs, we’ll break theirs.” Or maybe it already is, in the words of James Hoffa who said, “we need to take these (SOBs) out.” Either motto does seem to epitomize the mentality of unions today.

So, as for being grateful to unions on Labor Day, with unconscionable unemployment numbers and the pitiful economy, I think it was a big, fat “Unemployment Day.”

Rock on, America.

Gail Allison