For lots of reasons I oppose unions. One is that they ruin industries and cause businesses to provide worse service.
But what if the business provides a service that is morally repugnant? Such is the case, I believe, in Portland, Oregon, where the SEIU wants to unionize a Planned Parenthood office. The SEIU has made plans to picket the office. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, in response, canceled his plans to attend the office's annual fundraising dinner. As the Daily Caller reported
“The governor will not cross the picket line and has canceled his appearance,” Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael told Willamette Weekly.
The pressure caused PPCW to cancel the entire $250-per-plate event on Wednesday.
“It is with great disappointment that I write to let you know that we have decided to cancel our upcoming Spring Gala next Saturday, May 12,” David Greenberg, president and CEO of PPCW wrote in an email to supporters, obtained by Willamette Weekly.
“The decision by SEIU to picket our event has put many of our supporters into the untenable position of having to choose between two organizations, and two progressive causes, both of which they support,” Greenberg wrote, explaining that the organization wishes to respect their supporters’ allegiances to both groups.
I'm with the SEIU on this one. I'll enjoy watching this squabble among progressives.