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Fri Jul 7, 2017, 06:25 AM

Are goats taking jobs from union workers?


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.


http://www.freep.com/story/news/2017/07/06/goats-taking-jobs-union-workers/455237001/

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Fri Jul 7, 2017, 07:21 AM

1. Seriously........

and people wonder why unions get a bad name. The goats aren't complaining about a free meal.

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Fri Jul 7, 2017, 08:42 AM

2. I have seen "Rent a goat" ads

Local company will come out and place temporary fence around the area to be cleared and turn a heard of goats loose. They claim its the easiest way to eradicate poison oak.

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