The Twinkie dust hasn’t even settled, and still unions are hungry for more. Fresh from their $400 million campaign to re-elect Barack Obama, as well as their murder of everyone’s favorite “fat food” company, private sector unions are hounding the National Labor Relations for a handout. They scratched the president’s back — time to repay the favor.
The prize on the table is larger than the average Hostess Ding Dongs devotee: union organizer access to all workers’ personal phone numbers and email addresses. They’ll leave no stone unturned and no phone uncalled in their quest to unionize America’s workforce.
The NLRB is all too happy to oblige. This measure, they say, is necessary for the very health of the union movement. Union membership is in decline from coast to coast. In fact, the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures put membership levels at a 70-year low. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and unions know it.
(There might be another solution: self-examination. Perhaps industry-crippling union strikes — like the recent one at Hostess — along with high union wage, labor, and benefits demands that drive other companies into insolvency — like the auto industry — don’t help unions grow their numbers. Talk about an insane theory, right?)
Workers’ personal information is last their best hope. It’s not enough for them to visit you at home whenever they want (a perk they’ve had since the 1960s) — they need to fill your inbox, too. Apparently the Left’s love of “privacy in the home” only covers the bedroom.
So why are unions so obsessed with contacting you? Simple. It’s the same reason they want to end the secret ballot in favor of card check (never mind that the secret ballot is good enough for our presidential elections), and it’s the same reason why they don’t want to give workers sufficient notice before a vote to unionize. It’s a little tactic called intimidation.
Intimidation is a time-honored union tradition. They hate it when they get voted down, so they’ll try every possible means of forcing you to join. Some unions even have manuals on how to intimidate non-members. Their holy crusade cannot be stopped by mortal — or moral — means.
Just try to say no. They know where you live, and they’re about to learn a lot more, whether you want them to or not. Once this passes, the NLRB will turn to card check, a union demand for decades. Then they’ll also know what you did (or rather, how you voted) last summer. And failing that, nothing helps the union cause like the tried-and-true threat of violence — threats which the NLRB deems “non-coercive.”
It all seems like the plot to a mob movie. But for unions, it’s just par for course. Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa took a page out of the mafia’s book in the 1960s, trying his hand at jury tampering, bribery, and some good old-fashioned fraud. If looks like a scab and walks like a scab…
There’s your Thanksgiving food for thought. It’s something to remember when the union organizer shows up at your door with a “season’s greetings.” After all, nothing says Thanksgiving dinner like a friendly call from your local union friends. Better keep some soon-to-be-rare Twinkies on hand to bribe them.
On second thought, don’t. The Twinkie will only remind them of why they need new blood — and why they desperately need new ways to scare you into joining.