RIDICULOUS LAWSUIT CLAIMS HOOSIER LAW TURNS UNION WORKERS INTO SLAVES
Go big or go home. In February, the International Union of Operating Engineers, (INOE), whose members work as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and construction surveyors, sued Indiana’s governor (Mitch Daniels), attorney general, and labor commissioner, claiming that the Hoosier State’s new right-to-work law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. Somehow, something was lacking; there had to be more to it.
It’s now become apparent that the union loons hadn’t sufficiently thought the whole lawsuit thingy through. As a result, the INOE recently amended the suit to include a charge that Indiana also violated the 13th Amendment – which outlawed slavery and involuntary servitude. Seriously, folks – you can’t make this stuff up.
Yep, the union loons charge that Indiana’s right-to-work law pretty much turns union workers into slaves.
It’s hard enough to wrap one’s head around how a right-to-work law violates the Equal Protection Clause – which states that “no person or class of persons shall be denied the same protection of the laws that is enjoyed by other persons or other classes in like circumstances in their lives, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness.” Ironically, wouldn’t denying non-union workers the same rights as those enjoyed by union workers be a more apt example of a violation of the Clause?
Be that as it may, the real craziness begins with the assertion that Mitch Daniels & Co. are also in violation of the 13th Amendment, which says: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to its jurisdiction.” Really?
Funny – I can’t recall the last time I ran across heavy equipment operators, mechanics or construction surveyors who were chained to their jobs – much less, lorded over by shotgun-wielding overseers accompanied by vicious Pit Bulls.
Apparently, the INOE believes that the inhumane act of its members being subjected to the cruel and unusual punishment of working alongside non-union workers is tantamount to slavery or “involuntary servitude. No word on whether Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are rushing to Indianapolis to set up picket lines at the State House.
Memo to any and all aggrieved INOE members: Get over it – or find another job.
The Daily Caller reports that the amended lawsuit alleges that when non-union employees earn higher salaries and better benefits than they would have enjoyed had it not been for the union’s negotiation on behalf of its members, said union has been forced to work for those non-union employees – for free. Uh huh.
Applying the same logic, have not unions throughout history that have negotiated better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions also “worked for free” for everyone in America who has a job? Hell – the potential lawsuits are limitless.
While the causes of liberals may come and go, one thing remains constant: Not only do they stop at nothing in their attempts to circumvent existing – or proposed – laws and policies with which they disagree, they also seek manipulate, extrapolate or simply ignore existing laws and policies whenever they believe it is in their best interest to do so. (See: Barack Obama; circumvention of U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court and existing federal law.)
Can you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y?
Perhaps unions that have previously negotiated higher wages, better hours and safer working conditions should sue the INOE – given that its members also enjoy those benefits – for free.