Unions are bad by definition

Let’s see what’s going on with unions:

Federal authorities investigating union tactics in Greater Boston are looking into whether a member of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration warned a popular music festival it could face problems if it did not hire union members, according to people familiar with the investigation.

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At issue in the FBI’s investigation is whether Brissette merely alerted Boston Calling to a potential problem with organized labor, or attempted to pressure festival organizers to hire union stagehands, according to one of the people familiar with the inquiry.

The inquiry highlights a longstanding debate about where the line falls between forceful advocacy on behalf of working people and unlawful coercion — one of the central questions in what has become a broader investigation of local union tactics that reaches into City Hall.

That’s terrible. On the other hand, if a business says they’ll leave the city or state or country unless they get millions of dollars in tax relief (or help with infrastructure or …) that’s just the way the world is. Obviously that’s no crime.

 

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