Bill Brockmiller: Union Boss, Elected Official, State Employee, John

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Union boss busted for prostitution, but remained employed by the union and state

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Disgraced union bosses are like cats – they always land on their feet.

Bill-BrockmillerJust ask Bill Brockmiller. He was busted last year in a prostitution sting and admitted his guilt immediately.

Brockmiller, an elected La Crosse (Wisconsin) County supervisor, told the La Crosse Tribune, “I very much want to take full responsibility for my actions and express extreme sorrow and disappointment in myself.”

Brockmiller, also president of the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, didn’t have to worry about his “labor market analyst” job with the state.

He’s still with the La Crosse Job Center, which is a part of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

So the unions and Wisconsin state government don’t put a lot of weight on following the law, or holding employees responsible when they break it.

Then there’s the case of Mark Rosenthal.

Rosenthal, head of Local 983 of District Council 37 in New York, was recently exposed by union insiders for sleeping through much of his two-hour workday on a regular basis. But he still has his job with the union

Rosenthal pulls down $156,000 a year for apparently doing next to nothing.

Life in the world of union leaders must be pretty comfortable, to say the least. But what would rank-and-file union members say about somebody sleeping through such a short work day while making so much of their dues money?

Would the union even care what its members think?

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  1. Snidely70448 says

    The scandal is that prostitution is illegal. If a willing seller and a willing buyer agree on a transaction that harms no one, what business is it of the state what they agree on? If there was a crime, it was fraud perpetrated by agents of the state who falsely portrayed a police agent as a seller; Mr Brockmiller was merely a victim of the fraud.

    This is not to say that there are not evils associated with the sex trade. Human trafficking is evil. The pimp who exploits a prostitute is evil. The police officer who extorts a sex worker is evil. What is not evil is what is alleged in this instance.

  2. rchguns says

    The unions have never cared about the rank-and-file. They could care less because it doesn’t reflect on them. I sincerely doubt that there has ever been an upper level union official who was not corrupt and a downright criminal.

    When unions go on strike in many cases the workers it next to nothing while on strike the union officials they keep drawing their pay no matter what.

    One time unions were a necessity but that time is long past. The sole purpose of unions now is to protect those workers who shouldn’t have a job in the first place. The union protects the malcontents and the screw ups. People who can’t do their job or won’t do their job are protected from being terminated. Many companies have had to downsize the employees to continue to work are the ones who abandoned the union the longest. It doesn’t matter whether they can do the job or not,or if a younger employee has better skills and can do the job better they get fired.

    Over the years I’ve worked in several positions that required joining a union. Not once did they ever do a thing for me other than take my money.

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