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No Apologies For Unions Boycotting Walker’s Business Friends

April 3, 2011

Much has been made of the noise from Union Grove about boycotting businesses that do not display signs in support of worker rights.   Last Friday Marty Beil, executive director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 24, said there is no boycott.

That may well be the case, but at the bottom of this controversy is the fact that businesses who supported Governor Walker for election now must decide to either still support him, or side with the workers of this state.

There is no middle ground.  Some may try to find it, even attempt to stand on it.

But at the end of the day either one supports the workers of Wisconsin or they do not.

I strongly support the actions of union members to highlight who does, and does not, support the cause of workers.

Let us remember this is all happening due to the result of Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining ‘law’.  Look what Walker has done to this state.  I think everyone needs to be mindful of how we got to this point. 

This all did not begin with workers starting a boycott of businesses.

The turtle never just lands on top of the fence post….someone had to put him there.

I do not think it makes sense to shop for a car or cheese at a place where my money will make profits that then goes to undermine my values and political ideals.  Since money is the only thing Republicans pay attention to it only makes sense to go for the dollars.

I might add for those who do not live in Wisconsin but read my blog  that the emotions over this matter are intense in ways I can not even give voice to on this site.  

It is personal in Wisconsin over this issue, and people are offended at how this ‘law’ was ‘passed’.   More than the  issue itself people reject the process of how Republicans slammed this bill through the legislature.   

The emotions of this issue are clear with the attempts at recall elections in numbers that will make a national record if all the signatures can be obtained. 

The first GOP Senator had signatures turned in against him on Friday.  They numbered more than  20,000!  This is wild stuff for voters who usually hunker down and just take what they have been handed.

Workers and others (union member or not) are  making it clear that we are disgusted and plan to react to what Governor Walker and the Republicans have done.  This is politics from the gut being played out.

The bottom line is if our neighborhood merchant will not stand with us at this critical hour when decades of labor history are about to be dumped for the most base of political reasons, then rest assured we will find another merchant.

The mushy middle is just not good enough when it comes to this issue.

  1. CommonCents permalink
    April 3, 2011 8:09 PM

    I do not necessarily agree with the concept of a sign or else. However, I am going to favor a business that shows its support for workers. What is vital is that we boycott those businesses, such as Johnsonville Foods and Sargento, whose owners and executives donate thousands of dollars to Walker and other Republicans who are out to destroy workers’ rights. To not do so, is to only cut our own throats.

    And, no supporting Bratfest either! Donate directly to charity. And, let’s ask our local elected officials to no longer be guest servers at Bratfest.

  2. IRV permalink
    April 3, 2011 6:49 PM

    Here is a link to the story regarding Union Grove.

    I don’t know….Do we progressives want to be as over reaching as our opponents?

    A sign “or else”?

    I understand the concept of “WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?”….

    But what is the advantage to alienating the low information citizen?

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