by Dan Riehl
While University of Missouri – Kansas City Professor Judy Ancel has yet to explain her false and misleading defense of classroom statements suggesting violence is an acceptable tactic with an appropriate place in advancing the labor movement, new video reveals Ancel giving students insight into how to put non-union companies out of business. The tactic Ancel recommends to students is based upon deception and designed to burden a non-union company with a costly labor action under false pretenses.
Ancel uses the word, “salt” in relating the tactic. In union terminology, that would supposedly be an individual who goes to work at a company with the intent to organize a union. However, that is not the goal Ancel embraces, as the video makes clear. She informs students how one can use so-called salts to put a non-union company out of business entirely.
While demonstrating no concern at all for non-union employees and business owners certain to face financial hardship as a result of the deceptive tactic Ancel endorses to her class, she calls it “useful,” going on to cackle while pointing out how the tactic is largely frowned upon by the public, a majority of which is comprised of non-union taxpayers who actually pay Ancel’s salary given her employment at a public university.
Certainly tactics union organizers use, or have used, in the past are appropriate for discussion in a class on Labor and Politics. However, one would think a genuine educational experience would come with at least some balance and objectivity and perhaps a discussion of the broader repercussions of any tactic, especially one specifically designed to destroy an individual business owner’s livelihood, while leaving some number of other taxpayers out of work.
Unfortunately, Ancel demonstrates no such thing. Consequently, it makes her class look more like a lesson in union organizing 101, as opposed to a serious and appropriate college-level educational experience related to the Labor movement in America.
That raises the question as to why such a program would be aligned with any public university, where taxpayers, the majority of which are non-union, are forced to fund an alleged college-level education program geared toward destroying their own livelihood, potentially leaving them out of work at the hands of Ancel-trained union activists.
With still more video to come, along with this latest, ultimately one might wonder why efforts like Ancel’s aren’t supported through union funding as the union activist training seminars they very often appear to be, as opposed to forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for training some next generation of union activists intent on significantly altering, if not destroying, said taxpayer’s livelihoods.