Over past several decades, many large labor unions, including the Teamsters, have become nothing more than a socialist power structure to support socialist Democrats.
There have been too many examples of the unions being more interested is squeezing companies so hard that the companies end up moving out of the US or to right-to-work states, costing thousands of union members to lose their jobs.
Yet, while union workers lose their jobs, union leadership continues in their cushy and lucrative jobs.
During the 2012 election, there were reports of some unions forcing members to show up at Mitt Romney events and do whatever they could to disrupt Romney supporters.
The Teamsters in Pennsylvania sent a letter to union members, first scolding them about voting for Trump and Republicans in 201 and then warning them against voting against the union dictate by voting for any Republicans.
(Washington Free Beacon) – The Pennsylvania Teamsters scolded its members for helping President Donald Trump capture the White House in 2016 and warned of dire consequences if they break from the union slate in 2018.
Union leadership sent out a newsletter to members in September calling on them to stick to the labor organization’s preferred slate of candidates in order to avoid doomsday. The legislative action alert led off with a photoshopped mushroom cloud warning of the “Total Annihilation Of Unions.”
“Face it, we screwed up by not voting or voting the wrong way,” the alert said. “Union members in the 2018 elections must support candidates who pledge to protect unions, your collective bargaining agreement, your pension and the working men and women, and who also commit to working across partisan lines to produce practical approaches to the challenges facing the country.”
The newsletter pointed to the Supreme Court’s June Janus decision, which overturned decades-old precedent allowing public-sector unions to collect fair share agency fees from nonmembers. It also warned of the spread of right-to-work laws in traditional labor strongholds…
Here is the problem facing many union members in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania is NOT a right-to-work state, meaning that to just have a job in many areas, one is forced to join the union and pay union dues, regardless if they agree with the union or not.
In 2016, Donald Trump carried Pennsylvania, something that greatly upset union leaders.
It’s one thing to force people to join a labor union against their wishes, but now the Teamsters in the Keystone State is dictating to all of their membership who they can and who they cannot vote for.
This is no different than thugs watching people at the polls, intimidating them on who to vote for, a practice that has been illegal for years.
The Department of Justice should bring voter intimidation charges against the Pennsylvania Teamsters union, with one charge per every union member that received the threatening letter.
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