Today, protesters representing Carpenters Local 201 set up a "Shame on Subaru of Wichita" banner, armed with stacks of the flyer pictured above.
For Wichitans, this is a familiar scene. These protests are regularly spotted outside of hospitals, churches, and nonprofit organizations as well as many honest businesses, and now there's one outside of ours. While we certainly support every American's freedom to exercise their First Amendment rights, we've decided to exercise ours by presenting all of the facts with a flyer of our own:
After pouring $1.5 million into the local economy by selecting a local construction company, architecture firm, and bank, we hope you'll understand our taking exception at being depicted as rats eating the American flag, as their flyer suggests. The phrase "Labor Dispute" on the banner is also disingenuous, as there is no "dispute" between any of the companies that have performed work on our grounds.
KWCH Channel 12 did a compelling story on this protest practice, stating that at least one lawsuit has been filed against the union for these tactics. "Last year a federal appeals court upheld a $1.7 million jury verdict for an Atlanta drywall contractor," the article said. "The union argued that its tactics were protected by free speech. But a jury and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the union campaign was designed to coerce third parties to stop doing business with the company."
It's also interesting that the union representatives refuse to talk to the media at all. Wouldn't you want your message to reach as many people as possible? What is there to hide? Or could it be that the purpose of this demonstration is not to disseminate information but rather to smear and intimidate?
Here's a video from an organization called Keep Colorado Construction Competitive, or KC3, that provides more insight into the practice:
We've tried to be as accommodating as possible to the protesters by bringing them lunch and inviting them to use our facilities:
Rain or shine, sleet or snow, construction or protest, we're open for business and honored to serve you. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 888-559-4277 toll free from anywhere in the world.