Union Thugs Are At It Again
Only this time, they're going after celebrity music mogul and rapper, Jay-Z, husband to superstar songstress, Beyonce Knowles.
I know most of you are used to Judson blogging about stories connected to World Net Daily, Politico, the Daily Caller and Newsmax. This afternoon, you're stuck with me and I'm going to tell you about a story straight from TMZ.
Many of you may not know who Jay-Z is and that's fine. I don't even know if Judson knows who Jay-Z is. That is not the important point of this story. Unions are what this story is about, Jay-Z is just the unfortunate business owner who is being maligned and his business operations sidetracked because the unions don't like the fact he's using non-union workers to remodel one of his buildings.
Jay-Z's 40/40 Club is undergoing a remodeling in New York City and a local union is protesting the fact they aren't using union workers for the job -- but Jigga's people tell us some protestors have gone too far ... by hurling racial slurs.
The New York City District Council of Carpenters erected giant inflatable rodents outside the club as part of their protests, claiming the company that was hired to do the job does not meet "area labor standards" and is paying their workers a "substandard wage."
A rep for the club tells TMZ they are in a non-union building and are not required to use union contractors. The rep tells us some protestors have been using racial slurs against the workers they are using, which the rep called a "poor tactic" to try intimidate people and scare away business.
This is just typical Union thuggary. If you don't play by their rules and pay their outrageous fees on demand, you will be bullied.
My late father used to tell me all the time that "unions ruined this country."
After the Wisconsin fiasco and this story, I'm inclined to agree with him.
As always, IMO, another great overview by Michelle Malkin:
Happy Labor Day: Top 10 union thug moments of the year
The non union jobs where I work actually pay better --benefits were not quite as good but livable -if we had to work on merit you could go farther and faster if you are willing to put in the extra mile --jobs would be more plentiful as well. True office politics could be a little rougher and job security a little less especially if you tend to be a slacker --but I think there would be more advantages overall for the country - but people should be allowed to unionize - but both sides should be on an even playing field - and people who belong to a union should make sure their union does not try to get rid of the secret ballot or use their dues for political purposes with which they do not agree. In fact, the members should be allowed to each pick whether they want dues to go for political parties or not and which party they would prefer. One member might pick Democrat, another Republican and another none of the above. Would be more indicative of what the union wants- just picking your union leaders does not do it because power corrupts.
Still people should be allowed to unionize --but no violence or pressure --and this should be strictly enforced by the government --government should be IMPARTIAL in contracts -- something they have forgotten. Government unions should be abolished by Congress and by state legislatures if the state has its own civil service protection. If Civil Service is not adequate should be changed by Congress..not by a union which would not always act in the country's interest.
And while Jay Z is having problems in NYC--there is also this kowtowing to the unions by the Labor Dept (on a DC project):
Labor Dept. power grab rewards Obama's union allies
In a stealthy bureaucratic move, an Obama political appointee is rewriting rules to enrich unions, economically harm developers, and hinder future construction. The Washington Post takes Obama's Labor Department to task for deciding "with a stroke of a bureaucrat's pen" to reward unions while imposing crippling costs on everyone else . The issue involves one of unions' favorite pieces of legislation: The Davis-Bacon Act. . . Here is his hypocrisy in full bloom: he needs union money and help for his upcoming election. Therefore he uses regulatory power to transfer wealth to unions.