Apparently organized labor has found some violence that it doesn’t like. It’s just terrible, these protestors showing up at congressional town hall meetings opposing nationalized health insurance. Complains the AFL-CIO:
The extremist fringe of the anti-health care reform movement-with a wink and a nod from more mainstream health care opponents-is using mob rule to disrupt town hall meetings and community forums set for the congressional recess. Mob rule tactics stopped the Florida vote count during the contested 2000 presidential elections, ultimately turning the presidency over to George W. Bush-a strategy now emulated by the anti-health care reform lobby.
Terrible, just terrible. It’s not as if unions every resort to, oh, shall we say “enhanced” protest techniques. Such as blatant violence and intimidation.
Patrick Semmens of the National Right to Work Foundation reports on just one instance:
In Upstate New York non-union workers were targets of a campaign of violence and intimidation by Operating Engineers Union Local 17 thugs:
The indictment accuses Local 17 leaders and members of dozens of threats and instances of vandalism and harassment against non-union workers and contractors. At times, members of other unions were also targeted.
Much of the activity took place at major publicly funded construction projects, including the expansion of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo State College and the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s treatment plant on Bird Island, prosecutors said.
One of the disturbing aspects to the case, in Flynn’s view, is that members of the local repeatedly used the Web site of the state Department of Motor Vehicles to find out the addresses of people they intended to harass.
It’s nice of the AFL-CIO to be concerned about the democratic process. Perhaps labor officials should start by campaigning against violence within their own movement.