Domestic terrorists from Chicago’s Teamsters Union, now assaulting mourners at funeral homes in order to extort more money from Funeral Home directors.
By Gary P Jackson
Wanna know why I despise unions with every ounce of my soul? Read what these vile union thugs … essentially domestic terrorists … and strong allies for and with President Barack Obama, are doing in Chicago, in order to extort more money from businesses: [emphasis mine]
A judge ordered one of Chicago’s most politically powerful labor unions to suspend picketing against 16 funeral homes last week after receiving reports that striking Teamsters had, among other things, disturbed a child’s funeral.
SCI Illinois Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest funeral home chains, asked a district court to intervene after striking funeral directors and drivers with Teamsters Local 727 allegedly harassed grieving families.
“We are grateful that the court agreed to issue this temporary restraining order, and we are hopeful that it will help protect grieving families who are experiencing the most difficult times of their lives,” Larry Michael, managing director for SCI Illinois Services, Inc., said in a release. “While we recognize and respect the Teamsters’ right to lawfully picket, we have been shocked and saddened by their attempts to make grieving families the target of the cruel and outrageous attacks.”
The company testified in its filing that union members blocked grieving family members from leaving its parking lot, used bullhorns to shout obscenities at workers and mourners, and unleashed a German Shepard on a dead woman’s daughter and husband.
The funeral home was eventually forced to call the police when picketers allegedly disrupted a child’s funeral with laughter. The officer asked the Teamsters to leave, but protesters returned when he drove away.
“We will be here for the visitation; we will be here for your funeral,” Teamster driver Lester Plewa allegedly shouted into a bullhorn as a funeral director met with a dying man planning his arrangements with family members.
The appellate court ordered the Teamsters on July 25 to “refrain from conveying any actual or veiled threats against any person, also, refrain from obstructing, hindering, impeding or blocking any person’s entry to or exit from any funeral site or any facility containing a funeral site.”
The Teamsters have been on strike since July 1 after rejecting the company’s offer of nine percent raises for all union members over the next two years.
Secretary-Treasurer John T. Coli, one of Illinois’ most influential labor leaders, heads the 6,800-member union. Coli brokered the Teamsters endorsement of Barack Obama during his then-long shot campaign for the Democratic nomination—a major turning point in the 2008 primary.
Obama, then a junior senator of Illinois, pledged in private meetings with Teamster leadership to end federal oversight of the powerful union, which had come under scrutiny for its ties to the mafia under Jimmy Hoffa, father to current Teamsters President James Hoffa Jr. Both sides denied any quid pro quo in the deal.
Coli has since arranged other political endorsements that have worked in the union’s favor. The Teamsters were the only major labor organization to endorse President Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s mayoral campaign. Emanuel pledged to crack down on unions to help resolve Chicago’s then-$650 million budget deficit.
Surprise, massive corruption, thuggish behavior that would embarrass history’s most hard core mafia leaders as vile and hateful, and of course, strong ties to the democrat party. Just another day at the office for labor leaders!
This is nothing less than domestic terrorism, and goes far beyond the right of workers to strike.
Threats of violence, bodily injury, even death, are part and parcel for union thugs though. It’s standard operating procedure.
This is nothing different than an old time mobster showing up and demanding you pay them for “protection,” a criminal act.
Unions are nothing more than government sanctioned organized crime.
The report goes on to say:
A Chicago Tribune analysis found that only one of the nine labor reforms proposed by Emanuel after his election would hurt the Teamsters, while some of the proposals, such as privatizing city recycling, would increase the union’s private sector workload.
The mayor also ignored Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s recommendation to scuttle a Teamsters contract to shuttle city workers to and from job sites. The contract was fraught with waste since Teamsters were being paid to sit in their trucks waiting for the workers to finish.
“Simply from the standpoint of looking for low-hanging fruit, that contract has built into it $18 million in waste,” Ferguson told the Tribune regarding the Teamsters.
Union members walked out of SCI funeral homes after heated negotiations because the company asked to cut its ties to the Teamsters pension fund. The company filed a racketeering lawsuit against the union in 2011 alleging that it tried to illegally boost SCI’s pension contributions to the pension fund. After confronting the union with the information, union members allegedly vandalized three SCI funeral homes.
The case is pending in federal court.
A Teamsters release said the picket lines succeeded at driving business away from SCI homes. The release cites several instances in which families sought to bury their loved ones at different funeral homes upon seeing the labor unrest outside. The union took such requests as a sign of support.
“The Teamsters cannot thank those families enough who’ve stood alongside workers,” Coli said in the release, which goes on to note that “the Teamsters have assisted all families to quickly secure new services.”
This is unacceptable, and should not have to be tolerated by decent human beings. Tactics like this were used by the old National Socialist German Workers Party [Nazi for short] to force their will on innocent people.
Violent mobs like this have absolutely no place in labor negotiations. Activities like this are business as usual for unions though, and a major reason why I support the civil rights of both workers, who are forced to join these hate-groups and pay “tribute” to crime bosses, I mean union leaders, as well as the rights of business owners to conduct their business without fear of terrorism.
We must DEMAND Congress pass, and the President sign into law, legislation that would create a national Right-to-Work, similar to those Right-to-Work laws that exist in many free states, such as Texas.
Workers have an inherent God-given right to work, without being forced to pay a fee to a criminal domestic terror organization, using labor as a front for their activities. Activities counter to not only the people they are supposed to represent, but counter to the Rule of Law, and the American way of life.
Business owners also have the right to conduct business, including how they deal with employees, without fear of violence, or even death, and the destruction of their property.
Customers also have the right to do business with any company THEY choose, without being terrorized by violent thugs, for simply wanting to patronize that business.
It’s time decent Americans stand up and say: “Enough is enough!” It’s time to tell your elected representatives “This shall not stand.”
These union thugs are violating the civil rights of the workers, the civil rights of business owners, and the civil rights of the customer.
It’s time to put a leash on these violent criminals, and preserved Liberty, Freedom, and the American way of life. We must keep America free of these terrorists.