Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Unions - # 3173 - 'Open Season': Union Removes Controversial Message Calling for 'Torture' of Verizon Managers - The Blaze (2) Ohio Business Owner Terrorized and Shot for Being Non-Union - The Blaze

Unions representing Verizon workers have appeared to upped the ante on what was already been a heated dispute between labor and management.Forty-five thousand Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike earlier this month after the contract for the company’s wireline division ended August 6. Workers are in protest to management asking for changes in the contract to strengthen the wireline business which has been in decline for more than a decade. Now some think one Brooklyn CWA post has possibly crossed the line calling for, among other things, torture: “The voice of a representative encourages members to deal harshly with ‘managers and scabs.’‘It is open season. Follow them safely, but when you get to a location, torture them, torture them with chants and noise. Be so loud that they can’t concentrate and wish they never got out of bed,’ says the recorded voice. Another part of the message states:  ‘They are trying to break our union. Understand brothers and sisters, we can never let these [expletive] piece of [expletive] pigs break us. So, we are stepping up our efforts.’ The message stopped short of calling for physical violence, but it was removed after a NewsChannel 9 reporter called the CWA for comment. “ Read more......

Ohio Business Owner Terrorized and Shot for Being Non-Union - The Blaze - We’ve all heard the stories of shakedowns and bullying that occurs to many non-unionized workers and private business owners. However, the thuggery might have gone beyond the pale recently when one Ohio business owner was repeatedly harassed, then shot and almost killed, for allegedly being non-union.  John King owns one of Toledo’s largest non-union electrical contracting businesses. With 25 employees and an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, King’s business reportedly often thrives while other unionized electrical contracting businesses fail due to their higher rates.  However, King’s success may be making him a prime target for union thugs, including threats and violence.  King says he holds no animus towards the union, stating that he only ever wanted to do what he loved to do. Labor Union Report writes that after some college, King did a stint with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers before being drafted into the military. Following his service, King went solo and became the youngest independent electrical contractor in the Toledo area.  Read more.........

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