UPDATE, 3/11/11: "M&I Bank issues response to letter from Wisconsin union group threatening to boycott M&I"
3/10/11, "(Wisconsin) UNIONS THREATEN BUSINESS," WTMJ, by Charlie Sykes
"That's a nice business you got there. Pity if anything were to happen to it if, say, you didn't toe the line and denounce Governor Walker like we're asking nice-like.
SENT VIA FASCIMILE AND REGULAR MAIL
Dear Mr. Ellis:
In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the
Jim Conway, President
John Matthews, Execuctive Director
Keith Patt, Executive Director
Bob Richardson, President
Dan Frei, President
(signatures on linked correspondence)
For the record, collective bargaining of law enforcement and fire fighters remains intact and was not included in Gov. Walker's measure (near end of page, transcript of CBS audio). Police and firefighter union treatment isn't a campaign 'reward,' as of 314 fire and police unions in the state only four of them endorsed Walker.
Above Cops for War sign from You Tube video made 2/24/11,
3/10/11, "This is War," James Taranto, WSJ.com
"The key is the group of government employees on whom we depend to maintain the public order necessary for a republic to function: the police. Many cops are unionized, and although the Wisconsin bill exempts them from the ban on so-called collective bargaining, there are signs, as blogger and legal scholar William Jacobson notes, that some cops have been "taking sides in this political dispute"--and worse, that these guardians of public order are siding with those using lawless tactics to disrupt the legislative process.
In a Feb. 27 post, Jacobson linked to a video of a cop--"presumably off-duty but wearing what looks like a police-issue sweater with insignia" and, on the back, the words COPS FOR LABOR in big letters--"who addressed the crowd of protesters inside the Wisconsin Capitol building on February 24, and threatened disobedience to state government":
Here is the transcription by a supporter of the police protest of the key passage:
". . . This is not a budget issue! This is a CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE! . . . Mr. Walker! . . . We know pretty well now who you work for! [applause] Let me tell you who WE work for! [points to self and police emblem] We work for all of these people! [applause] We are not here, Mr. Walker, to do your bidding! We are here to do their bidding! . . . Mr. Walker, this not your House! This is all of our House! [camera pans 360°]"In today's post, Jacobson quotes from a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report: "It was clear
Wednesday night, after thousands descended on the Capitol in reaction to the Senate vote . . ., that police were not going to try to stop protesters from entering what was supposed to be a building closed for the night."
In a later update, citing a blog called "Badger 14" (the title a derisive reference to the AWOL Democratic senators), Jacobson adds: "The State Police did make an initial effort to keep protesters out last night. But, once most protesters had left the building, several dozen protesters were allowed to sleep in [the] antechamber of the Assembly overnight,
- rather than being removed per court order.""...
via Weasel Zippers, and RushLimbaugh.com