Posted by: Ann Corcoran | March 13, 2011

Annapolis preparing for union onslaught….

……will you be on the Village Green?

Yesterday the Annapolis Patch reported that as many as 5,000-10,000 union members will be bused to Annapolis to basically complain.  So what is their beef when they’ve already gotten so much?

Governor O’Malley has already given state workers  and union bosses their goodies—including paid furlough days (I kid you not!), pay raises, a $750 bonus and the juiciest union pay-off possible—forced union dues for all state workers whether they want to be in a union or not. That little pay-off will go directly from government employee paychecks to AFSCME beginning July 1, effectively eating-up the so-called “bonus.”  It is pure unadulterated kickback!

Incidentally, forced union dues are what Governor Walker just killed in Wisconsin!

Here is what AFSCME crowed in a recent letter to Maryland government employees (see “payback” post here):

“Even in tough budget times we won increased pay, stopped future furloughs and won new rights.

They got their goodies and they now say they are marching for teachers.  Baloney!

Oh, there may be some tinkering with pensions, but Maryland workers and teachers will continue to be led down a rosy path by union bosses for at least this year until, of course, the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan.

This show of radical public sector union force tomorrow in Annapolis is just a warning shot to demonstrate the union muscle to all elected officials and would-be future candidates.

In addition to a description of what roads will be closed and when, this is what the Patch is telling us:

While the rally is taking place in Annapolis, the Annapolis Detachment of the Maryland Capital Police will be taking the lead in policing the event.

Lt. Derwyn Parker, commander of the Annapolis Detachment, acknowledged that security will involve a number of law enforcement agencies, though he wouldn’t specify which departments will be helping to police the event.

But Parker did feel confident that they have the manpower and equipment to cater to a rally of this size, only needing one word to answer the question.

“Yes, yes, yes,” said Parker in a phone interview.

Another possible point of contention could be a parallel counter-rally organized by tea-party and conservative groups.

According to the website of the Maryland Conservatie Action Network, the counter-rally will be held across the street from Lawyers’ Mall, where labor supporters will eventually congregate.

However, Lt. Parker said that there are contingency plans in place, in case clashes erupt between the two groups.

“We have precautions in place, and I’m not worried about clashes at all,” said Parker.

If they get their hyped-up number of 5,000 marchers (some will be astroturf for sure), taxpayers counter-protesting will be outnumbered 100 to 1, putting the beleaguered taxpayer as the underdog and not the instigator of any “clashes.”  As a matter of fact, there will be lots of cameras to record government union members’ aggression toward the people paying their salaries.

As the Maryland Republican Slate just reported in an e-mail message (hat tip: Farrell):

So everyone who is anyone will be in Annapolis on Monday.

See you on the Village Green!

For new readers, all of my recent posts on national and Maryland union organizing can be found here.

Endnote: I forgot to mention, Progressives and unions say they are trotting out Trumka-–they must be worried.

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