…59 employees at GPS Painting and Wallcovering in Santa Ana, California voted to leave the union in February via secret ballot when their union, Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36, forced them to miss work-related activities, such as apprenticeship training, to volunteer for Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) campaign by staffing phone banks.
The union acted as could be expected — they picketed Eliot Schneider, the President of the firm — not at his business, but AT HIS HOME. Schneider is credited by the Register for this photo, presumably taken from his driveway, and before the San Clemente City Council voted an ordinance to back the goons off 200 feet:
It’s unclear if these thugs are the Santa Ana painters former ‘brothers’ or recruited from the Home Depot parking lot.
Per the Register,
“Council 36 union officials threatened to get workers fired, harassed and spied on workers on the job, picketed the company and attempted to get the company’s license revoked to prevent the painters from getting any work,” [the workers’ Attorney Mark] Mix said.
“By sticking together, this group of painters managed to free themselves from union affiliation despite the Obama Labor Board’s concerted effort to foist the union bosses’ ‘representation’ on them,” Mix said. “This case highlights the biases of federal labor law and the NLRB process which elevates union bosses to the status of kings and relegates workers to the status of pawns.”
Good for the non-union pawns.