According to reports, yelling, harassing, and shoving event attendees and organizers, protesters had entered the venue and began shouting and used bullhorns to disrupt the event, in which police were called to escort the activists out of the event.
The keynote speaker, Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s labor expert Vincent Vernuccio, was also spat on by a protester, according to the Cascade Policy Institute.
The disruption was recorded and in the video, in order to overpower the event sponsors and participants, one protestor is using a bullhorn inside the conference room and they began shouting, “Hey, hey… ho, ho, union busting has got to go.”
They then proceeded to argue with the event participants.
Several minutes later, the police showed up and escorted the activists out of the event while telling them that they are trespassing and if they don’t leave, they will be arrested.
Union activist, Wyatt McMinn, decided to challenge a black officers by saying, "I feel you're profiling me, sir." The officer proceeded to tell the activist, "You're under arrest if you don't leave right now.
McMinn was put under arrest and charged with criminal trespassing.
Cascade founder Steve Buckstein, in released statements said, “This kind of behavior is most saddening because it shows a real lack of understanding of what Cascade Policy Institute wants for Oregon.”
“We do not seek to end unions or union representation. We simply want all Oregonians to have the right to choose whether or not union membership and representation is something they desire for themselves,” he said. “All Oregonians deserve that right, even those who reject our efforts.”
Unions have had a history of intimidation and including violence.
One notable among several incidents by union members in recent years occurred in August of 2009 when Kenneth Gladney, a black conservative activist, was brutally beaten by SEIU union members in St. Louis while handing out “Don’t Tread on Me” flags.