The "REAL" coalition is the pro-business front group put together to oppose the proposed paid sick leave ordinance. I suppose the name is meant to be some sort of tortured acronym or something, but judging from the obnoxious comments and tweets of REAL coalition spokesman David Black, what it really seems to stand for is REAL ASSHOLES.
Accusing paid sick leave proponents of "Nazi-slapping," David? Really? Putting aside the fact that the term "Nazi-slapping" implies slapping a Nazi (making, um, you guys the Nazis), was it really necessary to go all Godwin's Law and everything in response to a tweet that merely described paid sick leave as an "effective policy tool to improve health w/ little econ impact"...? How was that slapping anybody, let alone a Nazi?
But then, that sorta rhetoric appears to be par for the course from the kinda real asshole who decries paid sick leave as an attempt to "legislate morality," and who repeatedly warns that the ordinance would "unjustifiably redistribute income from business to low income earners." Heaven forfend! It's also the kinda rhetoric you'd expect from a guy who, when confronted by a successful businessperson like Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale, responds by saying that Hall does not represent "the real business community."
You know, real local businesses like the Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity, and the National Federation for Independent Businesses. I guess if you don't agree with their right-wing agenda, you're not running a real business. What an asshole.
But at least Black's a professional asshole, an attorney for Jackson Lewis LLC, a law firm that specializes in union busting and "preventative" labor relations practices. And if that's the kinda asshole paid sick leave opponents want representing them—the kind who resorts to charges of "Nazi-slapping," and who dismisses pro-sick leave businesses as not being "real," well, I suppose that's up to them. They just shouldn't complain when they get slapped for it.