The jobs in question involve clearing the land of poison ivy and other noxious weeds that goats are willing to do for free.
A battle is brewing at Western Michigan University this summer between a group of hungry goats and a labor union.
The 400-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has filed a grievance contending that the work the goats are doing in a wooded lot is taking away jobs from laid-off union workers.
“AFSCME takes protecting the jobs of its members very seriously and we have an agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement with Western Michigan,” said Union President Dennis Moore. “We expect the contract to be followed, and in circumstances where we feel it’s needed, we file a grievance.”
The grievance alleges that the university did not notify the union that it was planning to use goat crews on campus, according to a chief steward report supplied to the Battle Creek Enquirer.
University spokeswoman Cheryl Roland said a small goat crew has been on campus this summer, but not to cut grass.
“For the second summer in a row, we’ve brought in a goat crew to clear undergrowth in a woodlot, much of it poison ivy and other vegetation that is a problem for humans to remove,” Roland said. “Not wanting to use chemicals, either, we chose the goat solution to stay environmentally friendly.
“The area is rife with poison ivy and other invasive species, and our analysis showed the goats to be a sustainable and cost-effective way of removing them,” she added.
Best Way to Deal With Public Unions
In other cases, unions defend incompetent teachers, even child molester teachers. In Wisconsin, unions demanded that schools get rid of volunteer parents who cleaned blackboards or mowed the grass.
Scott Walker had the right idea in Wisconsin when he ended collective bargaining by some public unions. Unfortunately, Walker failed to include police and firefighters.
We need to end collective bargaining by public unions and pass national right-to-work legislation.
If the incoming supreme court justices want to start off on the right foot, they can smash the public unions every chance they get. Several key battles are coming up.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock