Extortion Inc.

The unions in Wisconsin have taken thuggery to a new low level. Letters have gone out to businesses that if you do not display a sign saying you support the union, you will be boycotted by union supporters. This reminds me of the shakedowns and extortion clearly utilized by the mob where they would take payments from businesses in exchange for the stores’ protection. This is desperation at it’s lowest and most despicable level. Is it legal ? Absolutely. Will it backfire ? Hopefully. And one more point the unions have made clear, “neutral means no”.

Maybe those of us on the right should require businesses to put a sticker on their business stating they are for or against Obamacare, for or against same-sex marriage, pro-choice or pro-life, and on a national level–pro-union or right to work ? Then we could make our purchasing decisions based on a particular’s business leanings. This would actually be a very stupid and anti-American step to take. But apparently not to the very desperate unions in Wisconsin.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Via Bret Jacobson at Big Government come these state statutes:

    943.30 Threats to injure or accuse of crime. (1) Whoever, either verbally or by any written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse or accuses another of any crime or offense, or threatens or commits any injury to the person, property, business, profession, calling or trade, or the profits and income of any business, profession, calling or trade of another, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened to do any act against the person’s will or omit to do any lawful act, is guilty of a Class H felony.

    943.31 Threats to communicate derogatory information. Whoever threatens to communicate to anyone information, whether true or false, which would injure the reputation of the threatened person or another unless the threatened person transfers property to a person known not to be entitled to it is guilty of a Class I felony.

    History: 1977 c. 173; 2001 a. 109.
    A threat to injure a manager’s reputation unless a job is offered violated this section.
    State v. Gilkes, 118 Wis. 2d 149, 345 N.W.2d 531 (Ct. App. 1984).

    134.01 Injury to business; restraint of will. Any 2 or more persons who shall combine, associate, agree, mutually undertake or concert together for the purpose of willfully or maliciously injuring another in his or her reputation, trade, business or profession by any means whatever, or for the purpose of maliciously compelling another to do or perform any act against his or her will, or preventing or hindering another from doing or performing any lawful act shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail not more than one year or by fine not exceeding $500.

  2. “Maybe those of us on the right should require businesses to put a sticker on their business stating they are for or against Obamacare…”, why not? Soon in WI we will have another similar issue-concealed carry. Depending on the specifics, I and others will boycott any business serving liquor that does not have a posted policy restricting all patron’s guns on the premises.

  3. Dear Bob living in Bellevue, once again, you skirt the discussion at hand to escalate the debate. Poor baby. Reality must be a very big burden for someone like yourself.

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    Reading the laws you provide may mean I should condition my “absolutely” as to the tactic being legal. I would have to believe the union ran their scheme past their legal advisors. The Feds put the union membership at 14.2 % in Wisconsin in 2010, down from 15.2 % in 2009. As a comparison the membership in 1989 was 20.9 %. These numbers speak for themselves.


  5. Randy in Richmond says:

    The more I’ve digested the “neutral means no” stance of the unions the clearer their philosophy has become to me. In other words it’s my way or the highway. You cannot want to stay out of the debate or just be silent–you must take their side–or incur their ire. This is the same philosphy that the unions must covertly apply to workers that would prefer to just do their job and not become a union member. I also suspect that’s a big part of why Wisconsin unions lost about 25,000 members in just the last year. Nationally, union membership dipped 612,000 members. These are not insignificant numbers. On top of that the overall unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell from 9.1 % to 7.4 % which caused an infusion of 19,600 new workers into the workforce.

    Thus the desperation.


  6. No doubt they are fighting for their very existence. I sure hope they fail. Bullies are bullies and the behavior shouldn’t be tolerated from adults any more than school children.