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UPDATED: Police and firefighter union thugs try to extort WI businesses


Need another reason why government employees should have NO collective “bargaining” rights?  Look no further:

Wow. Here is another reason public unions should not be allowed to collectively bargain with politicians running a local or state government. Union leadership – including those from law enforcement and firefighters – have sent letters out to local businesses demanding they publicly oppose the efforts of Wisconsin’s legislature and governor or face the consequences.

Not only are they suggesting they publicly oppose the fiscal-sanity measures in Wisconsin, they are flat out telling them they will publicly boycott businesses who do not proactively do so. From James Taranto’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

In the letter to Wisconsin businessmen, however, we see why so-called collective bargaining is particularly corrupting to the police. Although the letter explicitly threatens only an economic boycott, when it is written on behalf of the police–of those on whom all citizens depend to protect their safety–it invariably raises the prospect of another kind of boycott. Can a businessman who declines this heavy-handed “request” be confident that the police will do their job if he is the victim of a crime–particularly if the crime itself is in retaliation for his refusal to support “the dedicated public employees who serve our communities”?

SteveM shows an excerpt of one of those letters from the government union thugs to area businesses (emphasis added):

The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

Cops to businesses who might support Walker:  Man, it sure would be a “shame” if you called 911 because you needed assistance and we “just so happened” to get delayed in responding to your call…wouldn’t it?

Firefighters to businesses who might support Walker: Man, wouldn’t it just suck to see your business go up in flames and it “just so happened” to take us too long to respond to the blaze?


UPDATE (03/18/2011 – 07:35 EST):  Seems that actual WI cops (the rank-and-file) are throwing the author of the extortion letter under the police cruiser.  The author of the extortion letter is James Palmer, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Officers Association (WPPA). As Steven Spingola points out, Palmer isn’t a cop, nor has he ever been one…he’s a lawyer! As such, real cops are distancing themselves from Palmer and are publicly trashing the guy.


March 18, 2011 - Posted by | shameful, unions, Wisconsin


  1. This so absurd that it seems like something out of Detroit-187! This must be a movie because the mayor couldn’t allow this,right!

    Comment by tnjack | March 17, 2011

  2. Hey but isnt BLACKMAIL a federal crime? shouldnt these union hoods face blackmail charges and face 60 years in prison?

    Comment by SPURWING PLOVER | April 2, 2011

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