The more your boss succeeds, the greater chance you have of succeeding, right? Seems like a simple concept, but it’s clear that some faculty and staff of (my alma mater) the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire don’t get it.
A strong business climate results in more tax collection, which shores up more money for government. I would assume then that even those who oppose “evil” business owners and corporations would want their community’s private sector to succeed, if for nothing more than the tax collection to provide the government jobs and services they adore.
But maybe it’s more fun just getting “even?”
UWEC faculty and staff were sent an email March 18th by Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich, chastising them for political activism while on the job. (Fellow taxpayers, that’s our time and dime.)
“While I understand these are difficult times and that passions continue to run high, I urge you to review and follow all guidelines pertaining to campaign activities associated with the use of state time or resources.
You also should refrain from using your title or affiliation with the University in a way that suggests your private political campaign activity is somehow officially related to, or sanctioned by, the University.
Finally, I want to state in the strongest possible terms that, as taxpaying citizens of Wisconsin, you are in no way prohibited from exercising your constitutional rights, and I encourage you to do so in a way that complies with all applicable state law and policies.”
In other words, keep up the good work. Just don’t get caught doing it during work hours.
The list compiled by UWEC staff contains some of the largest and most respected businesses in the Chippewa Valley. It’s surprising to me that these supposedly intelligent professionals can’t understand that socking it to these companies could hurt the jobs of their neighbors, who pay their salary and benefits!
Further confusing is the presence on the boycott list of businesses that have given to both parties, and those who haven’t donated money to Walker at all.
It’s their right to boycott. In a legal, non-threatening way. And it’s also our right to know where to spend money. So, here you go (list published here as I received it, with no edits).
Pro-Walker Businesses – “ Local” (researched and complied by UWEC Staff)
Kwik Trip (Moveon)
Oakleaf Surgical Hospital, Eau Claire (Huff. Post: lg. Republican donations…Kapanke)
County Concrete (Moveon)
M&I Bank (Moveon)
John Markquart (Huff. Post: lg. Republican donations…Kapanke)
Dave Markquart (admission in letter)
Market & Johnson
Stella Blues (WRA Dining Guide)
Mogie’s ( “ )
Mona Lisa’s ( “ )
Livery (all WRA Dining Guide, all John Moganson)
The Coffee Grounds (thinks provisions in the bill would be “good for business”)
Gordon Schafer of Gordy’s Markets
Rick Lambrecht of Mega Foods gave money to both parties
Skogen Family and other officials of Festival Foods
Reit’s Garden Center
Lebakken Rent to Own
Ayres and Associates
Lorman Education Services $10,000
Optima Health and Vitality
Herrick and Hart
Weld, Riley, et al. (the EC School District’s retained Law Firm!)
Park Ridge Distributing
Larson Companies (over $6,000)
Prudential Benrud Realty
Elk Lake Tavern
William Rauckman (chief exec of Professional Hair Design Academy)
Peter Farrow (chief exec of Group Health) (the EC School District’s health provider!)
Concerned Realtors Committee $43,000
Realtors PAC $43,000
Koch PAC $43,000
Wisconsin Dental PAC $43,000
WI Builders Association $18,000
Associated Builders and Contractors PAC $15,000
WAL PAC Walmart $15,000
Tavern Industry PAC $13,500