Who Knows “Mob Rule” Better Than Union Bosses?
Richard Trumka, soon-to-be president of the largest union umbrella in the United States, has a funny understanding of “mob rule.”Presumptive AFL-CIO president Trumka recently blasted those concerned citizens across the country who simply exercised their free speech rights at town hall meetings:
“Mob rule is not a democracy. People have a democratic right to express themselves and our elected leaders have a right to hear from their constituents — not organized thugs whose sole purpose is to shut down the conversation and attempt to scare our leaders into inaction.”
Well isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black! Of course, Trumka is the expert on “organized thugs” and scare tactics. And in the case of the union he formerly headed, we’re talking about REAL thuggery.Not long ago, as president of the United Mine Workers (UMW) union, Trumka ordered thousands of miners in seven states out on strike. In some states, workers exercised their right to continue working to provide for their families, and massive mobs of UMW union thugs harassed and even violently attacked those who entered picketed worksites. One man named Eddie York was brutally shot and killed by a UMW militant named Jerry Dale Lowe.But Trumka dismissed the violence, implying it was the victims’ fault. He told the Washington Times, “[I]f you strike a match and put your finger in, common sense tells you you’re going to burn your finger.”Read the rest of the story here.As always, remember to check back regularly at the Foundation’s blog for all the latest updates from National Right to Work. The National Right to Work Foundation provides free legal aid to employees so they can fight back against union coercion and abuse. The Foundation must rely on the voluntary support of individual Americans who believe in our cause and wish to advance our strategic litigation program. To make a fully tax-deductible donation in whatever amount, please click here.
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