1,000 Tea Party Protest: 0 Arrested… 1 Leftist SEIU Protest: 25 Arrested
Yesterday, tens of thousands of Tea Party Protesters held attended rallies across this great nation… Not one was arrested.
A crowd of more than 100 protestors faced off against about 50 police officers yesterday afternoon at Ohio State University in an attempt to bring public awareness to the conditions of Sodexo food-workers at university sporting events.
The protesters marched across the Oval just before 3 p.m. yesterday. About 25 protestors sat down at High Street and 13th Avenue, but walked off the road when police tapped their shoulders.
“We negotiated this out in advance,” said Columbus Police Lt. Christopher Bowling. “Because they did not impede their arrest they didn’t resist we’re charging them with a misdemeanor fourth-degree disorderly conduct charge,” punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine…
The protest caused a long backup of cars, particular in the southbound lanes of High Street, but traffic was starting to get back to normal by about 3:30 p.m.
The protest is part of a “smear campaign” against the firm by the SEIU in a bid to get the firm to exclusively negotiate with that union, said Sodexo spokeswoman Monica Zimmer.
“Sodexo respects unequivocally the right to unionize or not to unionize as they choose,” Zimmer said, noting that the company currently operates with 300 different union contracts.