Who are the real thugs? Democrats
attack congressional town hall protesters as
taxpayer activists across the country to Hitler`s storm
troopers. But it`s the Big Labor hoodlums clad in
identical purple shirts—the uniform of
Service Employees International Union
own the mob label.
Margarida Jorge, a former SEIU
organizing director who now serves as national field
director for the deep-pocketed, left-wing coalition
Health Care for America Now, sent out a memo to her
foot soldiers last week on how to counter Obamacare
opponents. "You must bring enough people to drown them out and to cover all our
bases so as to marginalize their disruptive tactics,"
Local SEIU chapters echoed the call
to brass knuckles.
"It is critical
that our members with real, personal stories about the
need for access to quality, affordable care come out in
strong numbers to drown out their voices," [Screenshot]urged
the leaders of SEIU`s Local 2001 in Connecticut,
according to a memo
by The Weekly
Standard`s Mary Katharine Ham.
At town hall meetings in St. Louis
and Tampa, Fla., last week, purple-shirted SEIU members
engaged in physical confrontations with critics of the
Democrats` health care takeover plans. Assault victim
Kenneth Gladney, beaten while passing out
"Don`t Tread on
Me" flags, is turning the tables on his SEIU
assailants. The black conservative activist announced
Tuesday that he`s filing hate crime charges against the
union goons in Missouri.
These were the first outbreaks of
violence since the summer recess began. And that`s no
coincidence. SEIU President
Andy Stern, the militant social worker turned
"(W)e prefer to
use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn`t work,
we use the persuasion of power."
Last April, SEIU bussed in hundreds
of Purple Shirts to a labor meeting in Detroit, where
the union was battling a competitor over representation
of nurses and health care workers in Ohio. The SEIU
invaders ambushed the conference, sending one attendee
to the hospital with a bloodied head and wounding
several others. The competing union filed a restraining
order against the SEIU. AFL-CIO President
John Sweeney responded,
"There is no
justification—none—for the violent attack orchestrated
California Nurses Association
Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro
"There is an ugly pattern here of physical abuse and
tactics of intimidation that have no place in either our
labor movement or a civilized society."
SEIU and Stern`s shock troops have
similarly bullied companies from private equity firms to
Burger King to food management company Aramark to
security provider Wackenhut Services, who have resisted
SEIU`s attempts to organizer their workers. The Purple
People have organized aggressive protests and a
"War on Greed"
campaign to pound the employers into submission.
In Oakland, Stern and his Washington
crew imposed a trusteeship on a 150,000-member local
that had publicly opposed SEIU strong-arm tactics. D.C.
headquarters accused the local—known as SEIU United
Healthcare Workers West (UHW West)—of financial
malpractice and misconduct. The local fought back,
charging the Beltway union leaders with manufacturing
the allegations to retaliate and to distract from
Washington mismanagement. The UHW West president, Sal
Rosselli, quit the SEIU executive board and formed a new
union in February 2009, which
"We don`t trust
them with our contracts, we don`t trust them with our
dues—we just don`t trust them."
Team Obama and the Democrats—who
together received more than $60 million in SEIU
independent expenditure funds—remain mum about SEIU
thuggery. Obama, after all, promised the SEIU on the
campaign trail: "We look after each other!"
Accordingly, SEIU-endorsed Health
and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius openly
praised the union`s drowning-out campaign against
Obamacare critics in a teleconference call last week.
She urged her
"brothers and sisters" to keep doing what they were
doing. SEIU health care chair Dennis Rivera of New York
"radical fringe" of
whom he accused of
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