Right-to-Work Protests in West Chester, Ohio: The bad economics of dealing with people like Ed Conway

I watched with a quite a lot of disdain the West Chester Trustee meeting on January 10th 2017 seen below where union dissidents poured into the chamber to flood the citizen comments portions with outside opinion in an effort to prevent West Chester from becoming the first right-to-work township in Ohio.  As the meeting went on, especially at the 1 hour 19 minute mark, Lee Wong had coordinated the events in the room to invoke union radicalization through a poor understanding of both economics and the trends of democratic thinking–and chaos flourished.  Labor radicals with the worldly understanding of a cockroach paraded themselves to the podium and yelled from the back of the room as Lee defied Mark Welch’s intentions to close the meeting because it was out-of-control.  Each speaker in favor of the union position had already by that time showed exactly why West Chester needs to lead the charge for right-to-work in Ohio—because all of them failed to understand the nature of business creation and were reserved to look around their surroundings and proclaim that West Chester was good—so why change it.  The height of their ignorance was fervently displayed ironically during a zoning change portion of the meeting when Chris Wunnenberg was speaking and the union slugs didn’t even understand that the proposal was a managed zoning change to inspire industrial construction—that such a proposal was not yet on the table.  That of course contributes to the vast ignorance of the many speakers in favor of the unionized status quo—they don’t understand the mind of business and why providing economic freedom not only in the form of taxation, but in reduced complications against the managements of those proposed companies is important to the continued growth of West Chester in a positive direction.

Unions do not create jobs and unions certainly didn’t build West Chester as some idiot screamed from the back of the room.   Business and financial opportunity built West Chester and its neighbor to the north Liberty Township.  Unions are like tar pits, they just sit there and depending on their location, sometimes something good comes across them and gets stuck in their presence only to suffer a gradual and slow death for which they never escape.  Companies do not want to share their management of operations with people like that Ed Conway from the video who claims he’s been in West Chester since 1988.  Unions give people like Ed a seat at the table with the typically smart people who run companies—who go out on a limb with their risks to pour money into a business plan and to execute that plan for the potential of profit which workers then enjoy in the form of wages.  Without that first step, and risk of the business owner and its managers, Ed wouldn’t have a job.

But no president or manager of any business operation wants some person like Ed joining the management of employee business because it greatly limits the amount of productive output that a company or business entity can generate per person.  So for all the talk of how wages are driven up in unions and how that money is poured back into a region and that such a relationship is mutually beneficial for everyone—they don’t understand the mind of a typical businessman.  They see a business owner driving a BMW or a Mercedes and they think they are rich and are entitled to some of their wealth through some communist upbringing they learned in their public schools—and they would be wrong.  Business owners hoping not to get snared in these unionized tar pits locate in places so that they can avoid dealing with people like Ed.

I’m sure Ed Conway is a nice guy, he’s probably great to have a beer with at Buffalo Wings and Rings during a Monday Night Football game.  There is nothing wrong with not being intellectually curious so long as people make it up with being a hard worker.  I certainly don’t expect everyone in the world to read and always push themselves to be smarter from one week to the next for their entire lives—and if they want to use their union wages to feed their faces and become a gradual health risk—that’s their business—but don’t assume that they are capable of being a co-manager of a business operation. Businesses put up with unionized labor only if they can justify the effort in their profit margins.  If the margins can’t justify the pain in the ass in dealing with people like Ed—and there are millions of Ed Conways out there—then they close shop and either retire or they move to someplace friendlier to business actions.  For the proof, just drive through downtown Middletown sometime and you’ll see what people like Ed have done to their economic growth of a once proud town.  Hamilton went through the same destructive process—unionized radicals drove Fisher Body out of the Hamilton/Fairfield area as well as International Paper—and many other places of business because unions and management just don’t go together as coequal parts unless the profit margins are so explosively good that ownership can justify the pain in the ass in dealing with the unions.

In the world we are living in today, price breaks are part of every discussion and companies can no longer jack up their pricing to absorb the loss in market value per employee that unions cost in reduced revenue generating potential.  Let me be more specific.  I was on a conference call just two days ago prior to this writing and I was speaking to a unionized facility in Minnesota.  They are late on the delivery of something I need and an idiot on the other side of the line casually told me to expect delivery sometime in February.  Well, that was the wrong thing to say.  I reminded the person that February wasn’t a date—it’s a month—so I had to ask again what day in that month I would expect their already late delivery.  They just didn’t get what I was saying until it was too late.  They had already lost a future customer because I’ll never deal with such incompetence again once they have established a track record of failure.  And the fault is in their poor understanding of the nature of productive work.  They assumed that the work was some gift from the gods of production for which we are all benefactors and that they’d milk the job out until they saw fit to ship.  But without my efforts, they’d have nothing to do.  That work didn’t come from some god—it came from my efforts and without me, nothing happens.  They are just a tar pit sitting there waiting for someone to get stuck in their mess—and that is how a typical union functions.  They have no connection to productive output in a competitive marketplace.  So they are too expensive to deal with and unreliable in delivery of their contractual obligations—most of the time—because they often have management at a disadvantage and unwilling to engage them.  Similar to Mark Welch being stuck at the end of the meeting not able to get out until Lee Wong—who obviously was coordinating the chaos as a closet Democrat of the same mind as Lakota’s Sharon Mays and former school board president Joan Powell—unions play those mob rule democracy games all the time and managements of companies usually just endure the pain hoping the profit continues.  You can see that on Mark’s face as he had to sit and listen to a bunch of idiots yak because Lee Wong was fanning the flames of discontent to appease his liberal sensibilities.  No business owner wants to be in the situation Mark was in, so they avoid investing in areas where people like Ed’s unions try to co-manage a company—because they surely don’t want some guy like me calling them asking why they are late on delivery.  What is that business owner going to say—“Ed Conway refuses to work on Sunday because the union contract says he has veto power over my management team?”  But when a pricing squeeze is placed on them from outside forces—usually market driven–rather than deal with the union-they just move to some oversea option.

So when it’s wondered why right-to-work is important to West Chester, Ohio, and every state in America just watch this video.  The zoning change that Chris is proposing depends on a friendly business environment to attract actual investment—otherwise he’s working for a developer with nothing to develop.  People who might work at that facility are in limbo until some business decides to move to that location at the corner of 747 and Union Central Blvd—and they won’t do that if they are worried about dealing with intellectual handicapped people like Ed Conway.  They’ll just take their operation to northern Kentucky where they are a right-to-work state.  So if West Chester wants to compete for those businesses, and they do to keep feeding all the great service industry businesses that have invested in West Chester, they have to compete with Michigan, Indiana, and now Kentucky all with right-to-work incentives.  Ohio is late to the party because John Kasich became a liberal like Ed Conway, Joan Powell and Sharon Mays and they want the union dues to keep feeding the bank accounts of the Democratic Party.  But that’s no reason to stick with a tar pit in West Chester when it has a direct impact on whether or not a new business locates in the region.

Let me tell you dear reader what drives up wages—it’s not unions.  If a company has over 20 applicants per job needed—which is where things are now—then wages will be low because a business owner would be insane to cut into their margins just out of the good of their hearts.  Having good margins means they can compete better in the world marketplace when price breaks drive opportunity.  So get that through your heads right now.  If you really want increased wages then American business or even West Chester average wages need three or four jobs competing for the same applicant.  That’s how wages increase and the only way you get there is by making it easy for a company to locate to your region and taking away the fear that some tar pit like Ed Conway will be in the board room negotiating employee pay, holiday schedules and work day limitations.  And that is why West Chester benefits greatly by being the first township in Ohio to become right-to-work.  The unions and their supporters are just tar pits waiting for some fool to get stuck in the Democratic ideology so they can slowly feed off their carcass.  And unfortunately for them, most people running companies these days are aware of that toil, and they aren’t willing to even play the game.  The bottom line is they don’t want to deal with people like Ed Conway because in the world of business, there are many more concerns and they don’t need the extra headache.

Rich Hoffman


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