This advertisement appeared in January 31 2008 edition of the Las Vegas Sun. We've re-typed the text as appeared in a photograph posted to TwoWayHardThree.com by reader mike_ch.
Mr. Simpson's piece about Tropicana payroll checks in the Sunday, January 29 edition of the Las Vegas Sun is a case in point. The story is utter fiction. He violates one of the most hallowed tenets of good reporting: check your sources. And he uses omission intentionally to keep information from the public.
As to the facts, Simpson merely had to call Tropicana to confirm that there has never ever been an instance when management told employees not to cash payroll checks on payday. Had he made the call, he would have learned the truth and a lesson in how unions dupe a business editor who chooses to advocate rather than report.
A union member calls an editor to tell him a concocted story. Rather than contact the company to check the story, the editor calls the union to line up a few workers to confirm it. Then, in a stroke of source-bending genius, he talks with people at the union's office with the very leaders who concocted the story hovering nearby.
As to omission, it is unconscionable for a journalist not to reveal the facts just because they might impugn the integrity of his source. So, for the benefit of your readers, Mr. Simpson, let us finish your job. Here's a few things about UNITE HERE, the parent of Culinary Workers Union Local 226, that might explain why they have to resort to fiction to keep their union dues flowing.
A jury in California found the union lied when they sent post cards to expectant mothers alleging that a union organizing target used laundry that contained "blood, feces, and harmful pathogens." The jury awarded $17 million to the plaintiff company and the union has posted a $26 million bond while the verdict is being appealed.
A judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the union invaded employee privacy by illegally obtaining motor vehicle information and using the information to conduct "home visits." He awarded $2,500 for each violation of the federal statute, producing a potential liability of $5 million (and counting) while the case is on appeal.
Retired employees of UNITE HERE sued union officials alleging that the union unlawfully reduced their life insurance benefits to $5,000. When the union tried to get the case dismissed, a judge in New York granted the retirees the right to continue prosecuting the lawsuit.
Clearly this union will stop at nothing to win their way... up to and including scaring moms and dads, intimidating workers and perhaps even bilking their own members. We saw it in New Jersey. Same M.O. Union workers filled urinals with sand, didn't show up for work, refused to clean, threatened customers, and then called a like-minded newspaper that made front page news out of a situation the union created and perpetuated.
Finally, a word about the timing of Mr. Simpson's article. Is it possible that Culinary Secretary-Treasure D. "Minus" Taylor, as the press recently referred to him, needs a little cover to help his members forget his embarrassing political defeat in the Nevada presidential primary? Food for thought, perhaps.
We've taken out this ad because it is time for employees, regulators, industry partners and the public at large to hear the whole truth. We believe in the Las Vegas dream, too. But the dream won't come true if the city lets unions rule and businesses flee.