Letter: Union man backs WalkerScott Walker supporters are repeatedly accused of being “anti-union.” This union member of 45 years, son of a union organizer and supporter of Gov. Walker and his policies, is not anti-union.
By: Gerry Lancette, Hudson, Hudson Star-Observer
Scott Walker supporters are repeatedly accused of being “anti-union.” This union member of 45 years, son of a union organizer and supporter of Gov. Walker and his policies, is not anti-union. The real anti-union sentiment, which is opposed to the genuine, bottom up, pro free-market type of unionism that the Greatest Generation produced, is coming primarily from the corrupt and illegitimate leadership of the national union organizations. Leadership gained through deception and outright union election fraud.
Marxist factions within the labor movement were soundly defeated in 1955, when the recently merged AFL-CIO formally banned Communists from holding office within the union. It didn’t deter the Marxists and their fellow travelers in academia, they just stayed low and kept advancing their revolution. Leftist author Paul Buhle, in his book “Taking Care of Business” confirms that “…many ordinary Communists and Socialists acted heroically…to bring new blood into a tired labor movement.” And that they did.
In 1995, the “New Voices” stole the AFL-CIO national election. Buhle, matter-of-factly reports the theft: “…more than twice the usual number of delegates registered to attend the October AFL-CIO convention….these were not, in large part, ordinary union members or even chosen by union members, but…counted nevertheless.” The newly elected Marxist leaders promptly rescinded the bylaw that banned Communists from holding office.
Buhle is one of many Leftist authors who embrace union officialdom’s fellowship with anti-American groups and their ideologies. John Nichols in his book Uprising, boasts: “Many of the smartest and most committed radicals of the 1960s and 1970s made lifetime commitments to organize, maintain, and lead unions.” Regarding our present battle here, again Nichols: “A lot of organizing began a century ago, with the work of Robert M. LaFollette’s progressives and Milwaukee’s muscular Socialist Party. Some of it began before Scott Walker took office, when it was already evident to teachers’ unions and the representatives of public employees that a fight was brewing.”
The real issue in the fight is not about teachers’ wages or union versus non-union. It’s about whether we defeat those who conspire to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” or whether we choose to be ruled by “muscular Socialists.”