AFSCME sues Western Mich. U. over use of unusual non-union labor for maintenance job

AFSCME sues Western Mich. U. over use of unusual non-union labor for maintenance job
Goat gets it done in WMU woodland. (Image: Screen grab of WOOD TV 8 video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Note that union workers still have their grounds maintenance jobs.  The goats just maintain a small woodland area.  Maybe AFSCME is just peeved that turn-around football coach P.J. Fleck was enticed away to Minnesota after the 2016 season.  The Broncos helped put the MAC on the map with an undefeated season and a respectable performance against Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.]

Western Michigan University is one of the top four-year colleges in the nation. Its five campuses in and around Kalamazoo, Mich., comprising more than 1200 acres, feature plenty of green, open spaces meticulously maintained by union members of the local AFSCME chapter.

But in addition to all those green lawns, there’s a 12-acre section of woodland. It is here that a titanic struggle is being waged between the AFSCME local and university officials over the use of non-union labor.

The union has sued the school alleging they are using scab labor to maintain the woodland and didn’t inform them of their plans to do so.

And who are these union-busting workers who so cavalierly take the food out of the mouths of children of union families?

A herd of 20 goats.

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