I got hold of SEIU’s recent press release about their summit protest and basically this press release is more lack-luster than the poorly organized protest at the 2009 Wisconsin Defending the American Dream Summit they had showcased in which resulted in a poor showing and being forced to move by the Milwaukee Police.
The SEIU of Milwaukee was so misleading as how they characterized about this event. First, in their press release SEIU organizer Manny Vellon said: “They’ve had champagne and caviar for so long; they’re probably afraid of sharing.” First, Mr. Vellon will not tell you that SEIU sides with the likes of Governor Doyle, Rod Blagojevich, and many Democrats who are trying to raise more taxes on the backs of many families in Wisconsin. Basically, there was no champagne and caviar at this event Mr. Vellon, basically it was box lunches and diet coke.
Second, SEIU said in their press release: “The conference, ironically called “Defending the American Dream,” focuses on fighting against reforms that would put the American Dream within reach for more working families.” What Mr. Vellon is misleading is that the policies his union allies are standing for are putting the American Dream out of reach for many working families in Wisconsin who are suffering under Obama-Doyle Economics. Obama-Doyle economics 101 means you tax more even from working families and drive jobs out of Wisconsin through excessive regulation, taxaition, and litigation. The SEIU never learned its lesson from 1982 to 1986 when Governor Tony Earl said that raising taxes is the only way to get out of the budget mess. At that time, people were leaving for Illinois because Vellon’s liberal counterparts at that time and today are forcing businesses to leave WIsconsin.
Third, SEIU said in its press release “I’m not surprised they’re fighting against better health care and better wages.” That is totally false. Because of free-market policy under Reagan, wages increased in America during the greatest peace time economic boon ever. Mr. Vellon has no complete understanding how economics work and fails to understand that the destructive policies SEIU is pushing will force more people to lose their jobs. As over 1,100 people in Sheboygan are on the verge of losing their jobs, I hope this serves as a wake-up call for the unions that if they press for card check, more jobs will be lost.
Fourth, the SEIU called this event a CEO conference, that statement is totally false and misleading. Over 800 people from across Wisconsin came for this event. Many of AFP’s members are honest, hard-working people from all walks of life in Wisconsin who came to Milwaukee saying enough is enough. SEIU had the audacity to mention this as they never took account their protest failed as when I was informed of their protest on Friday from a friend of mine who works at the State Capitol in Madison who got hold of SEIU’s e-mail communication with the subject line says Emergency Action. It was sent on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours before the summit. This shows SEIU was poorly organized from the beginning.
On April 15th, I will know many unions will protest the Taxpayer rally in Madison including Mr. Vellon’s buddies at the SEIU. Because many people in Wisconsin are rallying for lower taxes and to defeat the misleading card check bill in Congress, the unions including AFSCME, SEIU, and the AFL-CIO will continue to mislead the Wisconsin media while they will never realize their policies will put more economic harm on Wisconsin’s working families. This lackluster effort merits the Milwaukee Area Labor Council be nominated for North Shore Exponent’s Dummy of the Month Award for the Month of March.