Wisconsin Union Bullies trying to Boycott Businesses Backfiring
|Dawn Bobo stands up to bully tactics in Union Grove Wisconsin and her business is better than ever!|
Can small businesses threatened by big labor pursue legal action?
UPDATE: Well I guess these thugs may have been informed that their threats may be illegal.
Union leader says no boycott planned, blames 'overzealousness' for threats
UNION GROVE — There will be no boycott of businesses in this village that do not display signs in support of worker rights.
Marty Beil, executive director of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 24, said there is no boycott in an email Friday.
"There was some unfortunate overzealousness in the field," the email read. "We have made clear all along that we see small business as a partner and ally in getting Wisconsin back to work."
The statement comes in the wake of a letter sent Tuesday to many Union Grove businesses from AFSCME Council 24 Field Rep. Jim Parrett threatening to boycott those that declined to display signs supporting "workers rights."
Parrett confirmed in an email Friday afternoon saying only that there is no boycott and referring further questions to Beil. It was not clear Friday whether Parrett was acting of his own accord or how the boycott threat came about.
Parrett has not otherwise responded to requests for interviews and Beil and other Council 24 leaders did not return requests for comment Friday.
Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar store, was upset by the boycott threat.
"I'm a new business, and I need to concentrate on issues that won't offend half of my customers," she said Wednesday.
Several weeks ago, Bobo said, five union members showed her the poster and asked her to display it in her front window.
"I said I can't put up any type of signage for either side," she recalled. "They said, 'No problem,' they were all smiles."READ COMPLETE STORY: Wisconsin State Journal