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>>Union Bosses Target 86-Yr Old Volunteer Crossing Guard. Big Unions going too far!

Posted on: February 11, 2010

» Union Bosses Target 86-Yr Old Volunteer Crossing Guard – Big Government

I have told my personal story many times on this blog but here it is again:  I Brenda Bowers am not anti-union.  I was raised in a union family.  My Dad was president of his local for several terms and my Grandpap got black jacked in the ’30’s fighting for unions.  Unions were necessary because  when ever there is a power imbalance there is sure to be times when those who hold the power go too far.  The greater the imbalance the greater the arrogance and  use of that power.  Power creates bullies!  Look at our current Congress if you want to see arrogant misuse of  power due to  an overwhelming majority of one party in the congress.  We have all watched this year as the Democrats arrogantly refused to even allow the Republicans to present their views.  This is merely people being people.  Human beings are flawed and not at all decent, caring and fair.

Labor unions were needed because in the 1930  the companies held the balance of power.  The country was just coming out of a depression and people were begging for jobs.  Cvompanies took advantage of this to pay low wages  and allowed workers to labor often in unsafe conditions.  when workers were hurt it was just too bad and another worker replaced him.  in unsafe  1960’s.  From about 1940 to 1960 there was a balance  of power and workers gained some headway with better pay and safer working conditions, as well as help when hurt on the job.  The times were booming and labor union rolls were growing so slowly the balance of power began to shift  until in 1968 ajust a few months before he died and one of my last discussions on labor unions  with my father my dad said that “unions had gone too  far”.

Dad was a maintenance engineer  at an aluminum plant when he was called out to fix a piece of equipment that had broken down stopping the assembly line.   It was a minor repair but to get to the area Dad had to slip a 2×4 under the machine to lift it so he could get his hand in to where it had to be.  The union shop foreman stopped Dad from doing his job.  Dad could not handle a 2×4.  Only a carpenter could handle a 2×4.  This meant they all had to stand around and wait while a carpenter was called to shove the piece of wood in place and then remove it when Dad had finished.  A job that should have shut down the assembly line for no more than 20 minutes actually shut the line down for one hour and forty minutes.

Now what people fail to understand is that was not money lost by the company.  No! That was money lost by you the customer.  You  paid more for any aluminum products because the cost of waiting for that union carpenter was merely passed on to you.  Big labor had gone too far!

That was in 1968  and big union continued to press for more and more and more.  Big unions have destroyed  America as a manufacturing nation  because the cost of labor and labors demands for benefits simply priced America’s  products

out of the world market.  In fact, big labor even priced America’s products out of the American Market.    The last time I owned an American made car was in 1974 because not only did I find foreign made autos more reliable buit one whole hell of a lot cheaper!  I also watched my home area of the country die.  The norther Ohio Valley of West Virginia was once all about big steel.  There is no longer any steel mills in the area.  Wheeling West Virginia became a ghost town and is now a tourist town because of having  a beautiful park  and being on the large and lovely Ohio  River.   Other cities have not faired as well.  And I can tell you because I lived thru it that it was the labor unions demanding more and more and more that cause the steel companies to close shop and move out of the country.

Now big labor  only represents 5% of the workers since they “negotiated” the huge number of members they had in the 1960’s  right out of jobs.   The United States is no longer a producing country.  We produce very little.  We are a country of consumers and services.  We consume what other countries produce and service each other!  So where does big Mafia controlled labor go for members?  Of course, to the service givers!  SEIU Service Employees International Union is the largest union in the country and trying to become the largest union in the world.  (SEIU will accept anyone as a member  and now in the United States illegal aliens make up a large and larger segment of their membership!)

This article is so similar to my Father’s story when he said the “unions had gone too far” that I just had to pass it on to you.  Also, our President is hand in glove with the SEIU and Andy Stern ( over 100 visits to the White House this year!) and big unions are coming after what is left of America.

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Warren Eschenbach, an 86-year-old a retired Wausau Water Works employee volunteers his time as a crossing guard at the Riverview Elementary School in Wausau, Wisconsin.  After the Wausau School District built an area just outside an intersection at the school’s location for parents to pickup their kids from the school, the intersection became busier than usual for a short time every day.  So, Eschenbach did a noble thing.  He went over to the school and spoke with parents, kids and administrators, and he volunteered to patrol the area at pickup time to make sure kids got to their parents’ cars and that others crossed the streets safely.  After all, he worked for five years as a crossing guard at the Franklin Elementary School up until three years ago.  He lives two doors down and it’s for a half hour every day.  Who could take issue with that?

Well, apparently union bosses can.

John Spiegelhoff, a local union rep for American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 1287 (AFSCME) wants to know if the 86-year-old retiree has undergone a background check.  And if he has liability insurance.   AFSCME insists that Eschenbach is “undermining the union” and has demanded that the city get rid of him and replace him with a paid union worker at $12.65 an hour.  The city has been cutting back crossing guard hours from 15 hours a week to 10 a week.  Of course, the elderly volunteer isn’t a volunteer with the city, he volunteers with the school.  Since the pickup location is newly restructured, there hadn’t ever been the need to have a crossing guard there.   There was no prior job this gentleman has taken away from the union.   Really, the guy just lives right there and thought he’d help out.

Riverside Elementary School Principal Steve Miller was shocked.

“Here we have a community member who’s giving back to the community and offering something to the children to keep them safe and so I just view it as a good thing and I’m not sure why someone would find fault with that but obviously somebody has.”

After AFSCME filed a grievance regarding the matter last October, it was recently denied by the Police Department, the Human Resources Department and the Human Resources Committee.  Next step:  arbitration, if the union so chooses.

If this keeps up, if I were Mr. Eschenbach, I’d simply take off the vest and put down the stop sign (both lent out by the city), and I’d just cross the street back and forth with those kids just as any neighbor living on that corner or any public citizen might very well do.  Last I checked, you don’t need liability insurance to cross the street as a public citizen.  Or is that against the law now too?

I don’t think this is the America that Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about in 1835.

Read the full story from my friend Peter List over at LaborUnionReport.com.

Warren Eschenbach, an 86-year-old a retired Wausau Water Works employee volunteers his time as a crossing guard at the Riverview Elementary School in Wausau, Wisconsin.  After the Wausau School District built an area just outside an intersection at the school’s location for parents to pickup their kids from the school, the intersection became busier than usual for a short time every day.  So, Eschenbach did a noble thing.  He went over to the school and spoke with parents, kids and administrators, and he volunteered to patrol the area at pickup time to make sure kids got to their parents’ cars and that others crossed the streets safely.  After all, he worked for five years as a crossing guard at the Franklin Elementary School up until three years ago.  He lives two doors down and it’s for a half hour every day.  Who could take issue with that?

Well, apparently union bosses can.

John Spiegelhoff, a local union rep for American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Local 1287 (AFSCME) wants to know if the 86-year-old retiree has undergone a background check.  And if he has liability insurance.   AFSCME insists that Eschenbach is “undermining the union” and has demanded that the city get rid of him and replace him with a paid union worker at $12.65 an hour.  The city has been cutting back crossing guard hours from 15 hours a week to 10 a week.  Of course, the elderly volunteer isn’t a volunteer with the city, he volunteers with the school.  Since the pickup location is newly restructured, there hadn’t ever been the need to have a crossing guard there.   There was no prior job this gentleman has taken away from the union.   Really, the guy just lives right there and thought he’d help out.

Riverside Elementary School Principal Steve Miller was shocked.

“Here we have a community member who’s giving back to the community and offering something to the children to keep them safe and so I just view it as a good thing and I’m not sure why someone would find fault with that but obviously somebody has.”

After AFSCME filed a grievance regarding the matter last October, it was recently denied by the Police Department, the Human Resources Department and the Human Resources Committee.  Next step:  arbitration, if the union so chooses.

If this keeps up, if I were Mr. Eschenbach, I’d simply take off the vest and put down the stop sign (both lent out by the city), and I’d just cross the street back and forth with those kids just as any neighbor living on that corner or any public citizen might very well do.  Last I checked, you don’t need liability insurance to cross the street as a public citizen.  Or is that against the law now too?

I don’t think this is the America that Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about in 1835.

Read the full story from my friend Peter List over at LaborUnionReport.com.

2 Responses to ">>Union Bosses Target 86-Yr Old Volunteer Crossing Guard. Big Unions going too far!"

I wonder if John Spiegelhoff, big time Union Rep for AFSCME demanded that the 30+ CZARS in the White House be given background checks, or for that matter did he demand that Congress vett all these Socialist radicals? I mean these guys are actually getting paid with not only his, but our tax dollars and are definitely not Patriotic Americans, nor is there any use for them since they actually are doing double duty by overseeing the Cabinet who have been appointed to their positions in the appropriate manner.

Does this Big Time (in his own mind) Union Rep even care that the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, guarantees this 86 year old man, Warren Eschenbach, the Unalienable RIGHT and the “Liberty to Pursue Happiness” and in this case, what makes Mr. Eschenback happy is to FREELY walk back and forth across the street a number of times per day, often with children who are happy to see him and whose parents are happy to know that a friend is nearby.

Since we have many people in this country voluntarily walking across the street everyday with friends, neighbors and co-workers are we to understand that Mr. Spiegelhoff wants them all to prove that they have insurance before doing so? Have you ever seen the number of people crossing the street all day long in mid-town New York or Chicago? If Mr. Spiegelhoff has his way then I will become an insurance agent for sure.

As for being injured while walking across the street, heaven forbid, I would think that Mr. Eschenbach being a retired Wausau Water Works employee has medicare and maybe even supplemental health insurance.

Needless to say, since the American people have an undying amount of compassion for those in need, and since Mr. Eschenbach is such a well known, recognizable neighbor, since he is seen crossing the street numerous times a day, I truly believe that if anything would happen to him that there would be an overwhelming urgency among his neighbors and friends to make sure he received the very best of medical care.

This being said, Mr Spiegelhoff, has anyone Run a Background Check on YOU?

Listen to Stossel on FOXNEWS Business 8pm tonight if you really want to scream. also see my next post. BB

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