SEIU International is moving millions of dollars between Kendall Fells, Fast Food Workers Committee and New York Communities for Change, or NYCC.
As previously reported, SEIU frontman Kendall Fells of a worker’s center called Fast Food Forward has apparently either been part of, or knew before the rest of us, of an investigation and lawsuit by the New York Attorney General. Americans for Limited Government filed a Freedom of Information Law request to find out exactly what happened there.
Fells and SEIU are part of a web of organizations engaged in funding so-called “worker centers.” As we’ve covered before, these worker centers help disguise how much influence the SEIU is having on an issue, and even cover illegal acts made by the worker centers. Here is just one slice of SEIU’s activities from the FOIA, showing just how complicated the money trail can be.
In fiscal year 2013, the SEIU disbursed a total of $1,862,370 to Fast Food Workers Committee, a labor organization/worker center. These disbursements were itemized on the Form LM-2 that SEIU is required to file with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards. On that Form LM-2 SEIU listed the address for Fast Food Workers Committee as the same Brooklyn, NY address used by New York Communities for Change, or NYCC.
The LM-2 data for Fast Food Workers Committee, and other labor unions, indicates that $1,964,149 has been disbursed to NYCC, during the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years. The bulk of this, $1,607,692, came from Fast Food Workers Committee in 2013. Here are the amounts disbursed by organization:
|Organization Name||Fiscal Year||Amount|
|AUTO WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||2013||$20,000|
|COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 1180||2013||$10,000|
|COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||2014||$235,434|
|FAST FOOD WORKERS COMMITTEE 0||2013||$1,607,692|
|NEW YORK STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION||2014||$10,000|
|SERVICE EMPLOYEES LOCAL UNION 32||2013||$10,000|
|SERVICE EMPLOYEES SYSTEM COUNCIL||2014||$28,750|
|SERVICE EMPLOYEES SYSTEM COUNCIL||2014||$32,273|
|TEACHERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS||2014||$10,000|
The chart below provides a visual representation of the money flow between these entities (click to enlarge).
In addition to money passing between between Fast Food Workers Committee and NYCC, these two organizations also have at least one officer in common. Jonathan Westin, Executive Director for NYCC is also Vice President of Fast Food Workers Committee.
We will continue to monitor and report on these financial and personnel details. All sources for our chart and graph can be found below:
SEIU International is moving millions of dollars between Kendall Fells, Fast Food Workers Committee and New York Communities for Change, or NYCC. As previously reported, SEIU frontman Kendall Fells of a worker’s center called Fast Food Forward has apparently either been part of, or knew before the rest of us, of an investigation and lawsuit […]