The Washington Examiner editorializes today decrying the tactics of the Service Employees International Union last week who were bused to Chevy Chase, Md., to rally and trespass at the home of a Bank of America executive. As Nina Easton, a Fortune columnist and next door neighbor to the BoA executive, reported:
Waving signs denouncing bank “greed,” hordes of invaders poured out of 14 school buses, up Baer’s steps, and onto his front porch. As bullhorns rattled with stories of debtor calls and foreclosed homes, Baer’s teenage son Jack — alone in the house — locked himself in the bathroom. “When are they going to leave?” Jack pleaded when I called to check on him.
Baer, on his way home from a Little League game, parked his car around the corner, called the police, and made a quick calculation to leave his younger son behind while he tried to rescue his increasingly distressed teen. He made his way through a din of barked demands and insults from the activists who proudly “outed” him, and slipped through his front door.
The Examiner’s editorial protests the concomitant outrage, that D.C. Metro police officers escorted the SEIU bully boys into Maryland jurisdiction, in the process enabling the trespass. The editorial, “No more police escorts for union thugs“:
There are multiple lessons to be gleaned from this highly disturbing situation. Such tactics are standard fare for SEIU, whose leaders think it’s just fine to target the private homes and families of people associated with whatever company the union has decided to demonize. These assaults are clearly meant to shock and intimidate. Congress long ago banned secondary boycotts from union tactics. It’s time to put a stop to all such assaults on private homes and families. And the conduct of the D.C. police highlights another critical question — should law enforcement officers be pawns of union bosses? Collective bargaining should no longer have a place among those sworn to protect and serve the public.
We doubt you can write a constitutional aw prohibiting rallies in front of someone’s home. As for what the SEIU did in Chevy Chase, there’s already a law — trespass.
The SEIU, by the way, has endorsed the DISCLOSE Act, the legislation sponsored by Congressional Democrats meant to restrict political speech after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
The union is not a credible advocate for speech, transparency, or civility in politics. That the union endorses the DISCLOSE Act speaks volumes about the legislation’s goals.
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