New Tone Watch: Union gangs storm lobby of Wisconsin GOP fundraiser in DC

Posted by: ST on March 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Civility you can believe in

WASHINGTON – The Wisconsin Union battle somehow managed to clog the street of Washington, D.C. Wednesday night.

FOX 5 was out on another story when it suddenly got caught in the middle of a rally that shut down D.C. streets at the height of rush hour.

All of these protesters were unhappy with the growing anti-union sentiment across the country.

Hundreds of union workers from D.C. plus activist groups like stormed a downtown building that was hosting a fundraiser for Republicans. Moments before protesters took over, the president of the lobbying firm hosting the event told Fox News that this is a regular event held for Wisconsin politicians.

“There’s no doubt politics in this country and Wisconsin have certainly changed in the last year. Two years ago, we’d have this event and we would have 15 people,” said Bob Wood, President of the lobbying firm BGR Group.

Protestors swarmed the streets around 12th and F Streets in northwest. D.C. Police circled and for a time, the situation grew tense.

Then, the group began marching in the streets, blocking traffic as they made their way to the White House.

You can watch video of them storming the lobby below:

Union Protesters March Through DC Streets, Storm Wisconsin Republican Fundraiser:

Photos and a more compete recap of yesterday’s events can be seen/read at the liberal pro-union TPM website here.

Not pictured nor heard from to condemn this blatant violation of his verbal “new tone” policy: President Obama.  Natch.

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8 Responses to “New Tone Watch: Union gangs storm lobby of Wisconsin GOP fundraiser in DC”


  1. Carlos says:

    I heard a union protester on TV last night saying “We have nothing!”

    Well, except for your job, which millions of Americans don’t have. And security, which virtually no non-government workers have. And a whole political party looking out for your interests in a ploy to buy your votes. And negotiators on the other side of the bargaining table who realize it is in their own best interests to give the union everything it wants.

    But other than that, yeah, she might have been right.

    What a bunch of sleazebucket zeroes, just like their glorious and revered leader.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    Not pictured nor heard from to condemn this blatant violation of his verbal “new tone” policy: President Obama.

    Are you kidding? His political machine, OFA, has already been caught inciting and encouraging these mobs. After all, isn’t that what ‘community organizers’ do?

    If Obama ever gets off the golf course long enough to take note of these mobs, he’ll probably just get a good chuckle out of it. He won’t start bleating about ‘civility’ again until a Democrat is the target of some retaliation.

  3. Old Goat says:

    The actions and attitudes of these union protesters are the reason for public opinion going against them.

    They are having the light shined on their actions and people are becoming informed about the relationship between them and the Democratic party. When people start seeing the deep connections, and hear about the benefits these public sector unions get, and have it pointed out that the people are paying the bills, it changes things.

    There are some who are acting like thugs, and its coming across loud and clear.

  4. Carlos says:

    Just a thought: Seems to me that the Muslim community is being condemned by most for their deafening silence when confronted with the fact that virtually all terrorist acts plotted and/or carried out in the United States are committed by Muslims. Where is their outrage?

    In the same vein, where is the outrage from the union supporters/members about all the vandalism, verbal and physical assaults, death threats, etc.? Their silence is deafening, also.

    Or are they too busy keeping watch to make sure Christians don’t accomplish a coup d’etat?

  5. Old Goat says:

    Good point on that Carlos.

    I don’t think the union leadership cares though. I was part of a union decades ago, and the union president (this was in NYC) had his “boys” enforce his re-elections. There was no dissent allowed, those who did found themselves with huge fines, or some broken bones. Not all unions play that rough, but I’ve seen strikes get very ugly, very fast. Sabotage, destruction of property, fights using more than just fists, threats against management families at their homes. Managers having to carry guns due to fear of what might happen to them.

    Ages ago it was common knowledge that the “mob” was heavily involved with unions. Of course that isn’t all unions, but teamsters were, and they have ties with other unions.

    Maybe they think this stuff from the protesters is mild. Or maybe they are busy handing out candy.

  6. Paul says:

    There is a place for unions, but they are going about it wrong. In hard times unions have to give too.

  7. Old Goat says:

    Paul, I had felt that way for a while, but now I am not so sure if that is still the case.

    The reason unions got started was because work conditions and wages were horrendous. Deaths at work places were shrugged off, injuries meant that the worker lost pay or their jobs. Wages were low.

    Now we have a lot of laws that govern the work place. Pay scales are such that you have to pay for skilled labor or you won’t get skilled labor.

    In terms of what many unions do, they protect lousy workers far more than good ones. If you screw up as a union member its tough to get fired, but if you do work that your union deems should require a different laborer, never mind the cost or job at hand, the union member can be fined and can lose their job.

    I just am not convinced that unions are such good things anymore. They are able to extort employers while the employers don’t have a lot to say about it.

    Education that they provide is usually supplemented by the companies, and in a number of instances, the companies help in the education on the union level.

    For what the unions get for their services, the workers are getting the shaft. Instead of the company being the party that screws them, its now the union representatives.

  8. Marilyn says:

    What Old Goat said.

    We don’t need unions any more. My dad was a long-time member (had to be…didn’t want to be) of the UFCW in Northern California. There were times he was told that if he didn’t show up to join a group walking picket lines he would be fined.

    Heck. He would be fined if he got caught shopping in a non-union store!

    I would bet half these protesters don’t even believe in what they are marching for, someone either threatened them or paid them, and provided free transportation.