There seems to be a new rivalry going on among unions. For years, the Teamsters were viewed as the most violent unions. Of course, being owned by organized crime, they had a decided advantage. But then they got a little too flagrant (paging Jimmy Hoffa), and the feds had to step in and make them tone it down at least a little.
For a little while, the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) seemed poised to take up the challenge. They had some serious political clout — they’re the fastest-growing union and had the ear of President Obama.
Then came along AFSCME (Association of Federal, State, County, and Municipal Employees). They have a tremendous political advantage — through campaign donations and volunteers, they hold tremendous sway over choosing their “bosses.” We saw them flexing their muscles in Wisconsin.
But the private sector unions are staging a comeback. The Verizon strike is giving the CWA (Communications Workers of America) a chance to show they can still rock the union thuggery old-school.
And now we have a new challenger in the ring. Here comes the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). They don’t have a specific cause going on, but they are a bit cranky with this one guy in Ohio who runs a non-union electrical contracting business. He’s undercut them at quite a few jobs, and even won a court case against them. They’ve been hitting back at him for some time, and now they’ve upped their game — when he caught one of them vandalizing his truck, they shot him.
I’m sorry, that’s all speculation at this point. All allegations, no proof. The business owner allegedly heard some noises in his driveway. He then allegedly confronted someone scratching “SCAB” into the side of his SUV. When he allegedly interrupted the alleged vandal, the alleged vandal allegedly shot him in the arm and allegedly fled.
Right now, I’d have to give the edge to the CWA in the “America’s Top Thug Union” contest. But it’s not too late. The other challengers still have the chance to take the crown — say, by killing someone. For example, CWA, you could cut the cables for a police station or a hospital, and that could just cost someone’s life.
Come on, union thugs! It’s like you’re not even trying!