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27 February 2012

Union Leader Wants to Protect Teamster Thugs Who Protest Outside Your Home

Last week, conservative website brought attention to a truly deplorable act by unions members in New Jersey.

In Delsea, New Jersey, the teachers’ union (a sub-chapter of the NEA) has been fighting over the amount of their pay increases (not decreases) since 2010.

On Valentine’s Day, according to, the union teachers decided to make their grievance personal by protesting in front of the Delsea school board president’s home.

Neither the school board president targeted with this protest nor the members of the Delsea school board were pleased by the union's actions. But New Jersey union leader Christine Onorato said her thugs members were only exercising their "democratic right to express our discontent of not having a contract."

Back here in Georgia, a lawmaker wants to prevent similar union intimidation from occurring in this state. And as expected, the unions are not happy.

Senate Bill 469, sponsored by Senator Don Balfour (R - Snellville), would make it unlawful for "any person to engage in mass picketing at or near any place, including private residences, where a labor dispute exists in such number or manner as to obstruct or interfere with or constitute a threat to obstruct or interfere with the entrance to or egress from any place of employment or the free and uninterrupted use of public roads, streets, highways, railroads, airports, or other ways of travel, transportation, or conveyance."

Essentially this proposed change in Georgia law would keep the unions from sending their goons to protest in front of your home, like they did in New Jersey.

Teamsters political director Eric Robertson says private property rights obviously undermines civil liberties and attacks working people.

"This bill is obviously a an attack on working people and anyone who believes in organizing for justice," Georgia Teamsters Local 728 Political Director told liberal website Alternet. "It undermines civil liberties, and clearly is designed to cripple working peoples' ability to organize and build organizationations to improve their working conditions. Labor, civil rights and community organizations, and our allies are going to have to play hardball to beat this bill."

This Georgia union leader wants to protect his Teamster thugs brothers who feel it necessary to picket on your front lawn. Eric Robertson wants to keep that New Jersey brand of intimidation and coercion in his repertoire. Why?

Because to folks like Eric Robertson, there are no private property rights, only union rights.