The latest victims on the union thuggery front are Sebastian Taravella and Salvatore DiStefano who were beaten and threatened by the thugs of their union, CWA (Communications Workers of America) for blowing the whistle on illegal activities.
As N.Y. Daily News reports, these two Verizon employees blew the whistle on union labor bosses looting the coffers through various scams that included setting up personal 401K plans with member dues and various undocumented expense allowances. These accusations were verified last month by a financial monitor the union hired as a result of investigation by the labor department.
The incidents came after a local vice president purportedly told members at a meeting, "We have to deal with these spies on a personal level, like take them ... off the company property and off company time and take care of them," the suit charged.
On a related note, blindsided last fall by the election of Gov. Scott Walker, the loss of both houses of the legislature and the US Senate seat held by ultraliberal Russ Feingold, the Democrats in Wisconsin have simply refused to accept defeat and instead are continuing the fight by any means necessary. Democrat lawmakers' three weeks-long flight from the state to prevent a vote on Walker's reformist budget made national news; less well-covered tactics by the complicit media have included recounts and recall petitions as well as threats and intimidation by labor unions of all stripes.
Wisconsin state attorney general's office last week released documents and audio recordings of some 70 threats against state officials.
Among the most outrageous was an e-mail allegedly from schoolteacher Katherine Windels, which read: "Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell." She's been charged with two felony counts, including a bomb threat.
The controversial collective-bargaining law itself is in limbo, thanks to a restraining order issued in March by an ultra liberal judge in Dane County, where Madison is located.
Yet the Battle of Wisconsin's likely to look like a game of beanbag compared with what's coming nationally, as our nation's parlous fiscal condition forces as a desperate debate over the country's fundamental nature. Expect the Democrats to grab any tool in their kit and use it early and often against even common-sense Republican reform or pushback. And they call the Tea Party the radicals.
As Utah Senator Orrin Hatch noted, Democrats in Washington are already using their power ruthlessly, from last week's show-trial hearings with the oil executives to the National Labor Relations Board's diktat that Boeing can't create new jobs in Dreamliner production in right-to-work South Carolina, but only in unionized Washington state.
Hatch is right. And with the nation's future at stake, the GOP had better start acting accordingly.
Is it any wonder that routine violence by union thugs (by all labor unions but especially SEIU and AFL/CIO) goes unnoticed in Washington by the administration of the most union friendly President we have had in a century? Remember the countless visits to the White House by high union officials like Andy Stern (more than any other single person during the first few months of Obama presidency)? Where do you think the blessings to ignore local elections and commit dispicable acts like physical attacks and verbal threats come from?
Unions have always supported only Democrats. Now, with the presidency of the thug-in-chief from Chicago, they have a sympathetic ear and a collaborator in the White House.