a dilemma and a paradox today’s wedgie

…A number of organizations are advocating a boycott of the products that come from companies owned by the Koch family. This is problematic for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it could potentially hurt the wrong people.

The Koch brothers own Georgia Pacific. It is an American consumer goods company that makes everyday products like facial tissue, napkins, paper towels, paper cups and the like. Their plants are great examples of American advanced manufacturing. Incidentally,

GP makes most of its products here in America. The company’s workforce is highly unionized. In fact, 80 percent of its mills are under contract with one or more labor union. It is not inaccurate to say that these are among the best-paid manufacturing jobs in America.

This presents a dilemma and a paradox. While the Koch brothers are credited with advocating an agenda and groups that are clearly hostile to labor and labor’s agenda, the brothers’ company in practice and in general has positive and productive collective bargaining relationships with its unions.

While some companies are running from investment in American jobs, The Koch brothers’ Georgia Pacific just reached agreements with its primary union in the paper industry to invest more than a half a billion dollars in capital to essentially create two state-of-the-art machines that conserve fiber and energy at two separate union mills…




  1. Claire, Unreasonable, Ideologically Stubborn Ruralite
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:58 am |


  2. MCPO
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm |

    The leftists ALWAYS have to have a demon!

  3. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm |

    Leftist stupidity and ignorance have no bounds.

  4. Posted March 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm |

    Until I can behave myself and at least TRY to make my point without
    TRYING to denigrate people on this blog who are far far and above better
    people than I could ever dream of being, SondraK’s going to post this
    message in its stead as often as she can until I can demonstrate the
    civility that all you fine folks deserve.

  5. rickn8or
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm |

    “Yeah, the Koch brothers hire union labor, but it’s not OUR union.”

  6. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm |

    Of course it’s been mentioned before how a great hockey-sock full of public employee union pension fund money is invested in Koch-owned companies like GP.

    Nose, face, spite, cut …. ah, you know the drill ……