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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Public Union Files Grievance Against Poison-Ivy-Eating Goats For Stealing Jobs

Goats are at the center of a public union grievance against Western Michigan University for taking jobs that supposedly belong to union workers.

The jobs in question involve clearing the land of poison ivy and other noxious weeds that goats are willing to do for free.

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A battle is brewing at Western Michigan University this summer between a group of hungry goats and a labor union.

The 400-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has filed a grievance contending that the work the goats are doing in a wooded lot is taking away jobs from laid-off union workers.

“AFSCME takes protecting the jobs of its members very seriously and we have an agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement with Western Michigan,” said Union President Dennis Moore. “We expect the contract to be followed, and in circumstances where we feel it’s needed, we file a grievance.”

The grievance alleges that the university did not notify the union that it was planning to use goat crews on campus,according to a chief steward report supplied to the Battle Creek Enquirer.

University spokeswoman Cheryl Roland said a small goat crew has been on campus this summer, but not to cut grass.

“For the second summer in a row, we’ve brought in a goat crew to clear undergrowth in a woodlot, much of it poison ivy and other vegetation that is a problem for humans to remove,” Roland said. “Not wanting to use chemicals, either, we chose the goat solution to stay environmentally friendly.

“The area is rife with poison ivy and other invasive species, and our analysis showed the goats to be a sustainable and cost-effective way of removing them,” she added.

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

to damn funny. nyc unions won't let the criminals clean the city since it takes away their jobs also!

Anonymous said...


No problem. Settle the grievance by recalling the laid off workers and assigning them to consume the vegetation. If they decline, they lose their recall rights. No need to butt heads!

Anonymous said...

Solution: union members buy goats and lease them to the customer.

Anonymous said...

1:15 PM

Brilliant!
The workers can sit on their asses while the goats do the work, yet the workers get paid as though they were doing the work. And in the end, they can eat the goats and take a tax break on equipment, at least enough to buy new goats next season.

Anonymous said...

1:38 PM - Good work. Thinking like a union member. Remember that the stewards will want their cut, somewhere in the tenderloin.