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“We will hunt you down . . . slit your throats . . . drink your blood. I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square.”

Those are the words of a union militant aimed directly at a Wisconsin state legislator for daring to vote to restrict Big Labor’s forced dues control over Wisconsin state workers.

There were literally dozens of similar recorded death threats along with acts of vandalism leveled against Wisconsin state legislators and Governor Scott Walker for not towing the union boss line.

Even more ominous, the Wisconsin State Journal reported police found “dozens of rounds of live ammunition outside the Capitol” during the height of the Wisconsin protests.

Thankfully union militants did not use that ammunition to make good on their threats . . . at least not yet.

Unfortunately, just last month the New York Daily News reported that a small group of union whistle blowers and members of the Communications Workers of America were not so lucky.

After reporting a timesheet-padding scheme by their local union bosses, one of the whistle blowers was beaten so severely by a union thug he suffered two herniated discs and had to undergo knee surgery.

Another whistle blower found a dead rat in his locker along with a note he would be “taken care of.” And another stated he was told: “If I continue to complain about their finances, they would have me killed.”

The fact is nearly every day ordinary working men and women face death threats, harassment, vandalism and bodily harm if they dare defy the dictates of union officials.

Union bosses consider themselves above the law because — they are — thanks to the notorious Supreme Court Enmons decision.

Today you and I have an opportunity to put an end to all this.

That’s why it’s vital you sign the petition urging your Congressman and Senators to cosponsor and vote for the Freedom From Union Violence Act IMMEDIATELY
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The fact is, for decades union bosses and their underlings have committed thousands of reported incidents of violence, extortion, vandalism and even murder.

And in most of these cases these vicious acts of violence and intimidation have not even been investigated, much less prosecuted and punished.

Ever since the Supreme Court’s infamous 1973 Enmons decision, union bosses have been granted immunity from prosecution for acts of violence and vandalism they orchestrate in the so-called “pursuit of legitimate union objectives.”

This outrageous loophole in federal law has effectively tied the hands of federal law enforcement officers and has permitted union bosses and their handpicked “enforcers” to achieve their union goals – by any means necessary.

And, it’s no secret union bosses are all too happy to use violence and terror to achieve their number one goal: force more and more working men and women into paying union dues.

You and I need to make sure union bosses and their henchmen are subject to the same laws as every other lowlife and criminal.

That’s why the Freedom From Union Violence Act must be a top priority in Congress.

But to make this happen I’m going to need your help.

First, will you sign the petition to your Congressman and Senators urging them to co-sponsor and vote for the Freedom From Union Violence Act?

Next, can I also count on you to chip in with a contribution of $10 or more to help the Committee pay for and, just as importantly, expand this critical program?

If we are going to force the politicians in Washington to stand up to the union bosses and end this legalized union terrorism once and for all, it will take an army of concerned and committed Americans just like you.

You see, unless the politicians in Washington are forced to pay attention, they will continue to turn a blind eye to the violence committed by their union boss patrons.

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On Tuesday, an election for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court provided labor unions the opportunity to speak through voting.  The incumbent Justice David Prosser, a conservative, was defending his seat against a liberal challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general.

Unions have led large crowd protests opposing Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s unpopular — but evidently popular among Republican governors — bill to end collective-bargaining rights for public employees.  There have been countless marches and speeches at the Capitol in Madison and in many other states as well.  The Google and YouTube hits for “Wisconsin Collective Bargaining” are close to endless.   The amount of media material can only be compared to the recent turmoil in Egypt.

Union leaders consider this vote as critical in the fight for workers’ rights.  From the perspective of corporations and Republican governors, however, it is a major battle to eliminate workers’ rights.

Because a challenge to the new law is now before the court, the judicial election is being seen as a proxy in the battle over whether Walker’s union-busting legislation could hold water. The winner could either maintain the court’s conservative position or tilt it to the left. “The stakes,” said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin-Madison politics professor, “are high.”

And the result is still not known. At one point it appeared Kloppenburg had a razor thin lead of 204 votes. But late Wednesday officials in Waukesha County, a Republican stronghold, announced that they had discovered an error in the vote count. The corrected count, they said, gives 7,582 more votes to Prosser.

That all but guarantees a recount.

This is the first year that nonpartisan publicly funded judicial elections went into effect in Wisconsin, but with outside influences and interest groups seeking to turn Wisconsin into a testing ground for 2012 politics, the election was partisan to the max.  Liberal and conservative groups have spent millions.  “Interest in the race has soared as liberal-leaning organizations have attacked Prosser as a ‘rubber stamp’ for Walker, and business groups have warned that a Kloppenburg victory could endanger Walker’s legislative accomplishments if and when the Supreme Court rules on challenges to the legislation,” the Brennan Center said.

With the vote so close, and with the future of workers’ rights at stake, both union supporters and collective-bargaining opponents will have sleepless nights ahead.