Posted on February 27th, 2009 in General | Written by Ben | 4 Comments »
Do you still need more reason to understand why union bosses are so keen on taking away the secret ballot from workplace elections?
Ryan Webber, a union organizer, immediately came to me and asked, â€œYouâ€™re not going to say anything, are you Dave? Iâ€™ll have to toss you out of here if you do.â€ Another security-type person came over and stood behind me. Ryan then asked, â€œYouâ€™re not going to write more lies about me, are you Dave?â€ (Donâ€™t think I ever have!) I assured him I was not there to make a scene.
Governor Ritter spoke about how pleased he was with the, â€œfeedback from all of youâ€ about the current economic condition. He then said something I didnâ€™t fully understand. He told them that he was pleased that he used WINS to communicate to the state employees why there was a hiring freeze. Why would he use WINS for that when he has full access to us all via email?…
When he opened the floor for questions, Ryan leaned over to me again and said, â€œYouâ€™re not going to ask a question, are you Dave. Iâ€™ll walk you out of here if you do.â€
Brook no dissent. Accept no questions. Toe the party line. Here’s your union organizing card … Go ahead … Sign it. Hey, do you want this guy standing over your shoulder while you vote?
According to the Examiner‘s account of Wednesday’s events:
Union organizers have also angered some state employees, who complained they were pushy and tried to coerce employees into joining the union.
David Ohmart, an employee at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, said he formed a group to counter the union drive, which he called Colorado LOSES, and he has been under intense pressure to back off. He said his recruiting signs have been vandalized and the state has refused to allow him to use state e-mail accounts, even though the union has monthly access.
Ohmart said about 200 employees have contacted him asking him how to resist union pressure. [Link added]
Republicans in the Colorado state senate point out another problem with the fruits of Bill Ritter’s union executive order: “collective bargaining will turn out to be no bargain at all for Colorado taxpayers.”
Yes, it’s true. Just ask Washington state.
Of course, unionization also gave some of their state employees the raw end of the deal. Maybe these ex-employees who lost their jobs should give a speech at a Colorado LOSES event and invite the governor.
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