By Victor Skinner
MINNEAPOLIS – Teachers unions hate the Koch brothers.
The billionaire brothers own numerous American companies that produce everyday items we all rely on, including toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, wood products, textiles and plastics. Their companies employ over 50,000 Americans in high paying jobs, according to Power Line blog.
But teachers unions have developed a personal vendetta against the brothers and their company (Koch Industries), because they represent what the unions fear most: accountability, competence and hard work.
The unions’ latest attack was sent out to teachers in Minneapolis in a mass email, calling for them to boycott “the ANTI-Union, ANTI-Teacher, ANTI-public education KOCH Brothers!” Power Line reports.
“As many of you know, the very rich KOCH brothers (poster children for the 1%) are a major funder of the effort to take down unions and public education. They fund TEA party candidates and the far, far right agenda. They truly are trying to take over the government,” the union email reportedly said.
The union tells its members they can “stop the Koch brother’s” campaign by boycotting a list of toiletries and soaps. We’re certain unions across the country are distributing similar propaganda.
We believe the attempted boycott is not only illogical, it’s un-American … not to mention unhygienic.
The far left, led by the nation’s teachers unions, has attempted to make boogiemen out of the Koch brothers for more than a year with rhetoric about the “evil rich.” It helps give union leaders cover when they demand unreasonable salary increases and expensive benefits that public schools can’t afford. It also fits well into the class warfare narrative developed by Big Labor and President Obama.
The “blame the Koch brothers” effort, however, is based on some very false premises, most notably that the brothers are “anti-union.” Power Line blog points to a tribute written by a national union official about Georgia Pacific, which is owned by the Koch brothers.
“It is an American consumer goods company that makes everyday products like facial tissue, napkins, paper towels, paper cups and the like. Their plants are great examples of American advanced manufacturing. Incidentally, GP makes most of its products here in America. The company’s workforce is highly unionized. In fact, 80 percent of its mills are under contract with one or more labor unions. It is not inaccurate to say that these are among the best-paid manufacturing jobs in America,” the national union officials wrote.
“ … (T)he brothers’ company in practice and in general has positive and productive collective bargaining relationships with its unions.”
A Power Line blogger stated the obvious: “If these union leaders weren’t such dummies, they would understand that American workers need more companies like Koch Industries, not fewer.”