Boycott? No, BUYCOTT!

Posted: March 15, 2011 in Buycott, Tea Party, WI Union
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This week the union thugs are going with a new tactic, boycotting businesses that support Scott Walker. Below is a letter sent to M&I (the other companies got the same letter) regarding said boycott:

March 10, 2011
Mr. Tom Ellis, President
Marshall & Ilsley Corporation
770 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Dear Mr. Ellis:
As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a “budget adjustment bill” to eviscerate public employees’ right to collectively bargain in Wisconsin. ..
As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.
The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not
respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters,
and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the
goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table. Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that
In the event you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact the executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, Jim Palmer, at 608.273.3840.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
James L. Palmer, Executive Director
Wisconsin Professional Police Association
Mahlon Mitchell,President
Professional Fire Fighters
Jim Conway, President
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 311
John Matthews, Executive Director
Madison Teachers, Inc.
Keith Patt, Executive Director
Green Bay Education Association
Bob Richardson,  President
Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association
Dan Frei, President
Madison Professional Police Officers Association
Now in reading that letter am I the only one who is feeling like they are saying “support us, or else”? So they are going to boycott them, since the police union is the first one signing the letter does that mean when an M&I bank gets robbed there will be no protection for them, or any of the other boycotted businesses? At the end of this I will post a list of boycotted businesses as there are many of us who are having a buycott, we are going out of our way to support the businesses that have been listed by the thugs. There is also a list of charities as well, many of them children’s charities such as Make a Wish.
I am calling on everyone to take a stand, show the bullies who is really in charge here and support these businesses and charities. We have friends and families who work for these companies and I think what the union thugs are failing to realize is that by boycotting these businesses, they could be putting their own friends and family out of work. That’s the problem with thugs. They act without thinking. So lets do our part and stand up and show them WE ARE IN CHARGE!
List of businesses and charities:

These are the companies that are targeted:

ABC Supply Co

Agrecol Corp

Allen Edmonds Shoes

AMK Concepts & Services

Anew Health Care Services Inc

AO Smith Corp

Apache Stainless Steel

Artisan Partners

Atlantic DQ

Audio Implements/GKC

Badger Meter

Baraboo Growth

Bevco Ergonomic Seating

Blomquist Benefits Consulting

Boerke Co Inc

Bradley Foundation

Brian Retzlaff Trucking

Briggs & Stratton

Burke Properties

Burlington Northern Santa Fe…

Call Solutions

Campbell Wrapper Corp


CD Smith Construction

Chambers & Owen

Charro Restaurante

Charter Manufacturing

Church Mutual Insurance

Cobalt Partners LLC

Commonwealth Development Corp…

Continental Properties Co Inc

County Concrete

Couri Insurance Agency

Custom Pak Products

EBY-Brown Co

Einhorn Associates

Emergency Medicine Specialists

Endeavors Group

Fabco Equipment Inc

Fashion Angels Enterprises

Feather Larson & Synhorst…

Fiduciary Management

First American Funding

Fisher Barton Inc

Glenora Co

GMR Marketing

Gogebic Taconite LLC

Gold Leaf Development

Hal Leonard Publishing

Hammes Co

Harris Associates

Hay Creek Pallett

Heartland Advisors

Hexagon Investments

High Crossing Development Corp

Holton Brothers Construction

Horton Group

Hovde Financial

Hy Cite Corp



Inpro Corp

Insight Industries

Irgens Development Partners

Johnson Controls

Johnsonville Foods

JSD Professional Services Inc

Kapur & Associates

KBS Construction

Koss Corp

Krier Foods

Kwik Trip

Lorman Education Services

Lubar & Co

M&I Bank

Meissner, Tierney, et al

Michels Corp

Midwest Neurosurgical



Minnesota Wild

MJ Construction Inc

Morrison Creek Cranberry

Nicholas Company Inc

Nova Surgical LLC

Orthopaedic Associates of…


Panduit Corp

Paper Machinery Corp

Payne & Dolan

Pinstripe Inc

Plastic Surgery Group

Prent Corp

Promotions Unlimited

RCI FirstPathway Partners

Reiman Publications

Richardson Industries

Rite Hite Corp

Roehl Transport

Salomon Smith Barney

Sargento Inc

SC Johnson & Sons

Schneider National

School choice

Sendik’s Food Market (Balistreri-owned stores)

Shannon Sales Inc

SIG Financial Holdings

Specialty Underwriters

St John Properties Inc

Standard Process Laboratories

Stark Investments

Super Steel Products

Tamarack Petroleum Co

Tankcraft Corp


Tries & Rice

Uihlein Wilson Architects

US Counseling Service

US Oil Co

V Duane Rath Foundation

Wausau Homes

Wausau Paper

West Allis Salvage

West Bend Clinic

Zenith Tech

These are the PACs that are targeted:

Concerned Realtors Committee

Realtors PAC

KochPAC Natural Resources


People for Rebecca Kleefisch

Building a Better WI/Wisconsin Builders Association


Wal-Mart Stores/WAL-PAC

Tavern Industry PAC

Republican Party of Wisconsin

HNTB Holdings Ltd PAC

AT&T Wisconsin Employee PAC (formerly SBC)

Operating Engineers 139 PAC

Republican Party Milwaukee Co

Managed Health Services/Centene PAC

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

TDS Telecom

WI Credit Union League Action Fund (WCULAF)

Deere & Company PAC – WI

FONEPAC Telecommunications & Computers

Friends of Alberta Darling

Eli Lilly and Company PAC

Friends & Neighbors of Robin Vos

WellPAC Wellpoint Inc

WI Insurance Alliance PAC

WI Pipe Trades PAC

Charities affected:

make a wish

juvenile diabestes


hospice care

operation homefront

united way



jr achievement

habitat for humanity

special olympics

american cancer society



hsipanice scholarship fund

public radio

low income housing grants

dental fund

johns hopkins cancer reserach


st. judes


boys and girls clubs


head start

ms foundation


2nd harvest

komen for the cure

milwaukee symphony

milwaukee ballet


milwaukee zoological society

milwaukee latino community center

wisconsin little league


UW Madison

salvation army

beloit college

second harvest


Here is a link to a FB page devoted to the Buycott (added 3/16)

A link from MPS union ripping state unions actions, courtesy of Vicki McKenna:

  1. LAF says:

    Just when I thought the 14 dems leaving the state was one of the most moronic and childish actions I’d seen by so called adults, this has now moved up to #1. I’d better not see one of these sympathizers at a Brewers game or Summer Fest, enjoying a cold Miller-Coors product or a big, juicy Johnsonville brat. Better yet, please wear one of your stupid t-shirts or carry your sign so I can smack you if I see you drinking a Coors Light, Genuine Draft, Pilsner Uruell, Chill or Peroni. And please don’t go to my Sendik’s either, I don’t want to stand behind you in line while you try to figure out if the products you’ve used for years, might be made by SC Johnson. Those people are going to their jobs everyday to pay your salaries, benefit packages and health care, so how does boycotting some of these businesses help? Morons.

    • You got that right! I however will continue to enjoy my beer, brats, toilet paper, cleaning products, shopping at Sendiks (you get the picture). And I am not sure why they aren’t on the list, but I thought Menards and Kohl’s were a part of this too. Just remember, thugs act and don’t think. They just act. Most of them are brainless.

  2. LAF says:

    My 21 yr old son just added, “Sorry I guess ‘Living the High Life’ is only for those conservatives who’ve earned a cold one, after they come home from a long day at work.”

  3. Eeners says:

    I have alot of friends and family in wisconsin that are fed up with these tactics. Some, unfortunately will only talk about it quietly among each other (pressure from teacher friends and union supporter neighbors not to say their true thoughts). They sure can join the buycott though! I’m also going to try to coordinate a group to go to the Bratfest Memorial weekend!

    Question though, why are these charities being targeted? This is new to me. “SHAME!!!”–if it’s true!

    • Eeners, as for the charities, they are being boycotted because these are the charities that the boycotted businesses supported.

      Keep me updated on the efforts to get a group together for Bratfest. You can count me in. If you let me know details when you have it worked out I will post it on here. Thanks!!!!

      • Eeners says:

        Will do, it will be informal really. My family barely discusses politics (believe it or not), and are all silently behind Walker (80% of the voting adults)…they pretty much only discuss at the dinner table…for fear of retribution as they live in a small college town, 3 own small businesses, one worked at the University, another coaches sports, etc. They are the type that keeps their vote private, regardless of any political calm or turmoil. They are all disgusted with the protesting and the boycotts to say the least…

        I will tell them we are going, and see if they want to meet up with us. My husband is looking into hotels, the rest who come will probably just drive over for a day.

        I like your blog though, and will check back!

      • Eeners says:

        Also–saw this website posted by a commenter on fb:

        who knows if they are bullying or “persuading” these business owners to denounce Walker’s bill…it’s disgusting to ask a business to choose a side when they should be able to serve all of their customers regardless of ideology.

        Look at this too:

        They are making little notes about their conversations with business owners…including the “neutral” ones. They think this is the “kinder, gentler” answer to boycotting…it’s disgusting!

  4. Kurt says:

    Thanks for the info. I will be boycotting.

    • Go ahead and boycott, just realize you are affecting your fellow Wisconsites. You know, the ones who work at these places.

      • jeanne b says:

        How about a few facts getting out there-
        Here is some interesting info that the boycotting union members are not letting their members know- go ahead and hurt your own retirement state workers:

        Info gathered from State of WI retirement board:
        Koch Industries and its subsidiaries. You know, because those eeeevil Koch brothers spent less than one-tenth of one percent on the Wisconsin gubernatorial election. The unions spent much more.( Any one look at who supoorted the Democratic senators that bailed on their jobs? How about president Obama?( teamsters and WEAC anyone?)
        In fact, the Koch brothers don’t come close to the top political spenders in the US. The top spenders are progressive groups and unions. But lets not let facts get in the way.
        The protesting boycotting side may want to take a little break, as it might interest them to note that the Wisconsin Retirement System has millions of dollars invested in a Koch company.
        But what the protesters don’t realize is that they actually have a reason to root for the Koch brothers.
        According to the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), the Wisconsin Retirement System owns $5.5 million in Georgia Pacific corporate bonds. (Georgia Pacific is owned by Koch Industries.) This is the retirement system in which the overwhelming majority of state and local employees participate. These are the pension benefits that public employees are trying so hard to protect.
        So here’s the challenge: Explain to a Wisconsin state worker that they are the ones helping fund the Koch brothers.
        I will buy from all these companies and support our governor as my friends and family all are committed to doing as well. We just aren’t as in your face against the militant views and will not hurt our own companies that are keeping our people working.

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  6. unknown says:

    Badgerland I am pretty sure you’re the brainless one. Do you have a college degree? I don’t think so. Actually I know for a fact you never even finished college and u have no right whatsoever calling union members brainless. Considering most are more educated then you.

    • LAF says:

      “Unknown”, and your point is what? Just to take a jab for the sake of taking a jab, and not even having the courtesy to sign your name? I am well educated, and would never feel the need to bring someone down for their opinion. Is there some special significance for holding a college degree; can you only voice your opinion if you have a degree?

      I have professional friends who own businesses, run companies, head national non-profit organizations, and hold political offices, etc. and they do not finish college either. But I can guarantee you that they are more mature and professional than many people I know, including “BadgerLand”.

      P.S. Since you are so highly educated, perhaps you just forgot, it’s ‘you’ not ‘u’

      • LAF, I am sure this is again one of my family members again (or someone who knows them). God forbid I have a different opinion than they do and choose to express it. Apparently life experience doesn’t count for anything. So whichever one of you it is,go ahead keep jabbing, you can’t hurt me. Having a college degree doesn’t make your intellect any higher, its a piece of paper. And by the way, not supporting WI business is brainless. How do you expect the economy in the state to get any better if you boycott WI companies oh person who is so much smarter than I am? Now run along and go troll on someone else’s blog.

      • LAF says:

        I let this “unknown” upset my train of thought. My last sentence should’ve read, “But I can guarantee you that they are more mature and professional than many college educated people I know. The “including BadgerLand” was to go with another sentence about including you in with that group of mature and professional…. (and yes I do actually hold a degree in Journalism!)

    • emmit says:

      Instead of attacking the writer why don’t you try to express a real thought and agruement for why this union idea is not brainless. I assume that you have not thought that perhaps the idea of trying to put banks and companies out of business in this state will leave less tax base for taxes that the union employees feed upon. You do understand that the money that the union is demading is paid by middle class workers employeed in the businesses you are trying to ruin. Funny how the union and its supporters protested at the capitol to ‘protect’ the middle class worker, but it is clear that it is only the union that you were fighting for.

      The venom and distain that many of the union supporters have for those that don’t agree with their viewpoint is frankly disgusting. If you don’t approve of the current policies, I guess you should have had more supporters at the polls in November. But using a little twist on a saying from our President, Your side was driving the WI car and it ended up in the ditch. We have the keys now so grab your pacifer to stop the whining and get in the backseat while we drive the car.

      • Thank you Emmit for putting together aogi al thought about this subject. I think my attacker completely missed my point, but that is typical of them, only looking at the small way it might affect her and not the larger picture of how this will affect WI.

    • If you have a problem with me take it up with me, better yet, if you don’t like it don’t read it. Airing out my business is an unacceptable personal attack (although I never claimed to have finished college). Had you bothered to read my entire post you would have known I was referring to the unions behind the boycott, but instead you show the true level of your intellect and attack me for lack of a college degree, a piece of paper. But get it right, I am enrolled to start on my communications degree in fall. I feel sorry for you,having to personally attack someone to make yourself feel better,you must live a very sad and lonely existence. Way to go back on that. And honestly, you can’t hurt me. So do what you need to do to make you feel better.

    • Deeka says:

      I always love these kinds of comments. They speak volumes about the commenter’s intellect or lack thereof.

      I know many educated dumbasses and I think I just came upon another. In fact, I’d bet my Engineering degree on it.

      • Ya got that right Deeka. You see some “educated” people suffer from the “I have a college degree, therefore I am far smarter than you” syndrome. Unknown suffers from that as they aren’t unknown to me, and Deeka you’ve argued with unknown before, or at least her husband (my cousin and her husband).

    • anon says:

      If you are going to bash somebody for not going to college you could at least use the right words…it is more educated than* you

  7. dave says:

    I have a college degree. Whatever happened to emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills and conclusive arguments? If you disagree w/someone’s point, bring out the flaws in their argument and the incentives to your point. Character assassination only weakens your point. Note, I actually see both sides and will always support paying policeman, firefighters, teachers and nurses more money when it’s fiscally feasible.

  8. unknown says:

    Well I’m not part of your family, and I do have a job. So whomever you thought this was you have it wrong. If college is just a piece of paper why are you then enrolling in the fall?

    • Because I’m going into a new field(but really that is not any of your business), but whoever you are, you are of no significance to me. So you have a degree, wow, you are SOOOO much smarter than everyone on here. Do you have any other point other than to insult the level of my intellect because you are making yourself look like an ass. You have totally missed the point of what I wrote. Go troll around somewhere else person who is too cowardly to sign their name.

    • emmit says:

      @unknown, yet again you come back with personnal attacks and not a educated response or answer to the basis of the blog. If you choose to come to agrue about college degrees then I believe you have the wrong blog. If you do have a degree and a job please respond to the issue. When you were in college I am sure when you wrote editorial essays and papers you were required to support your opinion. I would not assume you merely handed in a paper attacking your professor. So please we all are waiting your eloquent response to the issue.

  9. LAF says:

    “unknown” you are starting to sound like a stalker with a grudge, cause you sure aren’t a friend, and I would hope not a family member, as friends and family don’t treat one another that way.

    Interesting – have yet to see you offer your perspective, or opinion on the entire Budget Repair Bill or the Boycott issue.

  10. American Jobs says:

    I plan on supporting other Wisconsin and American companies who are NOT supporting Scott Walker. Ironically one of the few republican policies I strongly support is free trade, however free trade is a classic argument for trading jobs for efficiency in the forms of lower prices.
    I as an American have the right to purchase whatever I feel fit where ever I feel fit. If you are so concerned about jobs I hope you realize that redirecting wealth from the middle class public sector workers instead of raising taxes on the wealthy is far more likely to reduce aggregate demand and basic economics no matter which school of thought you follow will tell you that lowering aggregate demand/income will cause job losses. Although the wealthy need money to invest and create jobs they will not create jobs if there is no demand for the products those jobs will produce.
    Take for example someone making $30,000 a year and someone making $500,000 a year and a pay cut or pay raise of $3,000. for the ladder the change in either direction will probably just mean a smaller amount of money goes into savings whereas a change for the prior would likely mean somewhere between $2,000 to $2,500 more will be spent that year. Again whichever school of economic thought you belong to both theories support this claim.

    • American Jobs, you are free to do whatever you please, as this is a free country. Most of the people on here however are choosing to support the boycotted companies. We have a lot of friends and family that may work for, or retired from these companies. So that choice is yours. I however choose to support companies who have shown support for the governor I voted for.

    • Ben Holewinski says:

      I just got dumber after reading a post by someone named “American Jobs” who supports Free-Trade.

    • emmit says:

      American Jobs, when you talk about redirecting income from the middle class are you only considering union workers middle class? Is taxing the rich your idea to offset the budget shortfall and allow the union employees to continue contributing little to nothing towards health and pension benefits? The entitled whining of tax the rich but give me, give me, give what makes many of the union and its supporters so hypcritocal. Take from everyone but ME attitude. I pay for my insurance, save for my retirement and don’t have a pension, I pay enough in taxes and don’t feel the need to pay more to support union benefits that are far more lucrative then my own.

  11. Oh and for the record, I did not say union members were brainless, here is the exact quote: “Just remember, thugs act and don’t think. They just act. Most of them are brainless.” Unknown, you might want to brush up on your reading and comprehension skills.

  12. unknown says:

    By the way, thanks for the list. I will be sure not to shop or do business with them!

  13. Bennie Villein says:

    I have a college degree. I am a State worker (non-unionized). I am OK with giving up 8% of my pay if it helps to balance the budget. And I plan to go to the Bratfest because I like bratwurst. Kwik Trip is close by and bananas are 38 cents /lb so all good there too.

    • 38 cents a pound is pretty cheap! I will see you at Bratfest. I am going to post it on here closer to the date but I would like to get a group together to go, you are more than welcome to join us and thanks for your hard work at the state. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. LAF says:

    Well said jeanne b. It’s just so hard to be the voice of reason, to those unwilling to hear it.

  15. The Wall says:

    Nearing the End of April 2011, I totaled and estimated (where records lacked) my gasoline purchases since the boycott began:
    Cenex =$996

    No Kwik Trip anymore, boycott due to Walker Backing.

    No BP, I’ve boycotted them since the oil spill, in Alaska 2006. If you didn’t want a spill in the Gulf you should have joined me then.

    No Exxon, I’ve boycotted them since Kyoto 2005 when Exxon money corrupted the process.

    Did I stop buying gasoline? Nope.
    Net loss to the economy = Zero Dollars.
    Any imaginary impacted workers are shifted to the company I patronize.

    Is it union thuggery? Nope. Seeing this issue “Union” and “Non-Union” is overlooking the rest of the changes emanating from this uncanny administration. “Union” & “Non-Union” is a ploy using existing schisms to foster incidental support.

    It is rewarding the company which does not contradict my interests, and disenfranchising those who do contradict my interests.

    Should others do it? ABSOLUTELY.

    Long term the accountability of donors to the sponsored activities will influence funding, we might even notice that next round. Maintaining the awareness of boycotts tells the prospective donors there is no escape of culpability, and the current generous tolerance by HR to political donations may retract when bad publicity results.

    Where money goes in this economy is as much our responsibility as is how products are made and where waste goes. Own the process.

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