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Tim T. Schowalter: Documentation of union violence

To the Editor:

Ralph Green questioned some of my statements about union violence and asked for documentation. So here goes!

The union violence in Washington State, at the NYC Marriott and the hotel fire that killed 100 people were written up in the Denver Post and other national papers. We can add another concern to the list and that is the millions of dollars of damage done to Wisconsin’s Capitol by union protesters.

The information about the current president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, more details on the cases above and stories of on going union violence can be found in the monthly newsletter and on the website of the National Right to Work Committee (www.nrtwc.org). They also have a website video titled “License to Kill” that documents union violence.

Mr. Green also questioned the figure of 12,000 acts of union violence as reported by the media. The source of this information is from the National Right to Work Committee and fits very well with the 8,799 incidents of union violence as reported by the National Institute of Labor Relations as many crimes do not make it to court. Mr. Green seems to think a lack of conviction in prosecuted case means there was no crime. The injuries to the strikebreakers or the damaged business property did not go away because there was no conviction.

I do agree with Mr. Green that union violence is not as bad as the early 1900s but it is still occurring, is unacceptable and should be stopped. As mention in the previous letter – the Enmons Decision, Supreme Court-1973, prohibits the federal government from prosecuting union crimes. That ruling is morally wrong and should be changed. The Republicans agree and have introduced a bill HR 4074 which would allow the federal government to prosecute union crimes. Some of the federal laws such as the racketeering law would be helpful in union crimes to pin the crime on the union bosses who order it and not just the members who carry them out.

Democrats in Congress who get over 90 percent of all union contributions won’t vote against the union bosses, even if it is the right thing to do. I stand by my statement: if you vote for a Democrat, including Obama, without knowing their stance on HR 4074, you are condoning union violence.

Tim T. Schowalter


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