Western Michigan University hired a landscaping crew to do a job at 20 percent of the usual budget, and it’s being completed ahead of a schedule. Naturally, a union is complaining that they’re losing work to this efficient, inexpensive team.
Local 1668 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has lodged a formal protest against the school for hiring a team of goats instead of honoring their contract to clear poison ivy and other invasive species from a 15 acre parcel of land. They claim that the team of goats, provided by Munchers on Hooves LLC, has prevented nine laid off workers from obtaining employment.
The goats were suggested by the university’s horticulturalist, who is in charge of the project. This is the second year that the goat team has answered the call, having completed a successful pilot project in 2016.
Mike Opelka suggested on today’s “Pure Opelka” that the goats be sent to Congress to “clean up the area around D.C.”