A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 19, 2009
Goonion (goon + labor union)

"Goonion” (from the words “goon” and “labor union") is a highly charged term used by a person who believes that unions operate like goons—terrorizing opponents. The term is cited in print from the late 1990s.


Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Main Entry: goon
Pronunciation: \ˈgün\
Function: noun
Etymology: probably short for English dialect gooney simpleton
Date: 1921
1: a stupid person
2 a: a man hired to terrorize or eliminate opponents b: enforcer 2b

6 December 1997, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, “Union duo face runoff - Firefighters president gripes about cartoons” by Marty Sabota, Metro, pg. 1B:
San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association President Michael Rankin was thrown into a runoff Friday in the wake of controversial cartoons that called for a change in union leadership.
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“The Goonions must go. Vote the Goonions out!!!” Some drawings depict apelike men wearing swastikas and lightning bolts.

Google Groups: alt.society.labor-unions
Newsgroups: alt.society.labor-unions, alt.politics.usa.republican, alt.society.liberalism
From: (Eric Olsen)
Date: 1998/06/05
Subject: SEPTA union supoorts drug addicts and alchoholics!

We had an incdident in 1990 where a SEPTA subway crashed and the operator was high on coke and of course because he is a “goonion” boy, the “goonion” backed him up!

Google Groups: alt.society.labor-unions
Newsgroups: alt.society.labor-unions
From: “David F. Boetcher”
Date: 1998/06/05
Subject: Re: PROTECT Your Rights: Join a Union

And everyone who is in a union is labeled a “goonion”.  If you see a problem with labels and blanket rhetoric statements do not use them yourself.  This is just a form of hate speech disguising itself as debate.

Neal Boortz - Nealz Nuze
Wednesday - Februgly 7, 2007
DEMOCRATS PAYOFF UNIONS
That bill I have been telling you about has finally been introduced into the House. The Democrats want to pay back the goonions for their long-term support. They’re trying to do that by making it easier for goonions to organize workers.

Mike’s Meandering Mind
Goonions
Why would I never join a union?
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This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 at 12:18 pm and is filed under Politics, Socialism.

Inoperable Terran
Spectre realizes he’s in deep trouble, abandons goonion support
Author: Ian S.
March 25, 2009

Neal Boortz - Nealz Nuze
READING ASSIGNMENTS
By Neal Boortz @ May 19, 2009 8:11 AM
Here is some potentially good news from Washington ... the card check bills is pretty much dead. I just hate this for the goonion movement.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • (0) Comments • Tuesday, May 19, 2009 • Permalink