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SEIU Harasses Care Provider and Elderly Client

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An experienced personal care assistant in Connecticut, along with her very elderly client, is being harassed by SEIU because the woman refused to join the union.

Pauline has worked as a personal care attendant for more than 20 years through different non-profit agencies. Despite her experience, this past June she had to attend a state-mandated PCA orientation or risk losing her job…

Part of the orientation is a 30-minute “union-only” session of the training, during which members SEIU 1199 organizers discuss workers’ rights and the benefits of joining a union. The union then tries to get PCAs to sign union cards to join the SEIU 1199 and start paying dues.

Pauline refused to sign the card and that was when the trouble started.

“They started calling two, three times a day,” Pauline said. Individuals who would not give their names asked her why she didn’t sign the card. “They’re calling at 10 o’clock at night. That is not the way you approach people,” Pauline said.

What’s worse – and possibly dangerous – is that the phone calls are not going to Pauline’s personal phone but rather the home of her 89-year-old client, who recently suffered two strokes. “I said, ‘You’re waking up the client, stop!’ Then they hung up the phone again.”

Pauline said her client attempts to get out of bed and answer the phone by herself, which could be dangerous because she is unable to walk unassisted. Pauline also has no idea how the pro-union callers got the phone number of her client. “They’re scaring her,” Pauline said…

Pauline claims other PCAs have experienced similar situations but are afraid they will lose their jobs if they come forward. Some have threatened to call the police. “This is harassment,” she said.

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An experienced personal care assistant in Connecticut, along with her very elderly client, is being harassed by SEIU because the woman refused to join the union. Pauline has worked as a personal care attendant for more than 20 years through different non-profit agencies. Despite her experience, this past June she had to attend a state-mandated […]

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Disgusting

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An SEIU official defended and refused to pull an offensive campaign ad run by an SEIU-supported group. The ad attacked a Republican candidate, whose wife and two daughters were killed in a horrific home invasion, by associating the candidate with Trump’s supposed “attack on women and families.” Unsurprisingly, the ad was met with public outrage.

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An SEIU official defended and refused to pull an offensive campaign ad run by an SEIU-supported group. The ad attacked a Republican candidate, whose wife and two daughters were killed in a horrific home invasion, by associating the candidate with Trump’s supposed “attack on women and families.” Unsurprisingly, the ad was met with public outrage.

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SEIU Pushes Huge Tax Hike

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SEIU worked to get an initiative onto the ballot in Oregon to hike business taxes by $3 billion, the largest tax hike in state history. Now it’s funding the campaign in spite of the fact that the massive tax hike will likely lower incomes, raise prices, and kill jobs.

Measure 97 would be the biggest tax increase in Oregon’s history, generating an estimated $3 billion a year for public education and other state services.

The initiative would levy a 2.5 percent tax on many companies’ Oregon sales over $25 million. But Measure 97 exempts some types of businesses and applies differently to others…

The legislative study found both positive and negative effects. Oregon would still see employment growth, about 145,000 jobs over five years. But without Measure 97, the state could expect more than 165,000 new jobs, the study found. That’s the net effect of more public sector jobs and slower growth in private sector jobs.

Overall, the study said Measure 97 would be a very modest drag on the economy, slowing growth in income, employment and population…

Economists say how much businesses pass along would depend on their market power. Cable television companies, for example, may pass along much of the cost. Private utilities such as Portland General Electric have regulated monopolies and a legal right to pass along higher costs – including taxes – to ratepayers.

Other states exempt wholesalers from consumption and sales taxes, or they tax wholesale trade at a lower rate. Because Measure 97 does not, some economists expect a “pyramiding” effect in which added costs are stacked atop one another for some products and services.

Conventional sales taxes in other states usually exempt food from taxation. Measure 97 does not. So if businesses do pass along higher costs, it could produce higher grocery bills.

The legislative study — which was based on an approximation of Measure 97 — concluded it would both dampen wage growth and raise prices.

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SEIU worked to get an initiative onto the ballot in Oregon to hike business taxes by $3 billion, the largest tax hike in state history. Now it’s funding the campaign in spite of the fact that the massive tax hike will likely lower incomes, raise prices, and kill jobs. Measure 97 would be the biggest […]

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Seattle Weekly Opposes SEIU Initiative

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The paper’s editorial board opposes SEIU’s initiative designed to keep the Freedom Foundation from getting a list of SEIU’s caregiver members. The union opposes the foundation’s efforts to inform union members that the Supreme Court decided that they do not have to belong to the union or pay dues to it.

This measure, written and sponsored by SEIU, purports to be about protecting seniors from fraud. But that’s not really the case. This is: In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that caregivers who were receiving state Medicaid dollars for their work could not be considered state employees, and thus could not be forced to join state-employee unions. The liberals on the court rightly decried this decision, since it ignored the fact that caregivers’ wages are set by the states, and in states like Washington those wages were set through negotiations with a union. Thus, caregivers could legally not pay dues while still benefiting from the work of the union. Knowing that such freeloading cuts at the very foundation of organized labor, the Olympia-based anti-union group Freedom Foundation used the state’s Public Records Act to get the names and addresses of all home-health-care workers in the state represented by SEIU and informed them of their right to not pay dues. SEIU has a legitimate grievance with this situation. However, their proposed solution—I-1501—is ill-advised. I-1501 would exempt caregivers’ names and addresses from the public disclosure laws so as to prevent the Freedom Foundation from contacting them. The Pro-I-1501 campaign frames its initiative as a way to protect seniors (and their caregivers) from fraud; to that end, along with changing the PRA, it increases the punishment for bilking seniors. That’s a good talking point, but it’s also a smokescreen. Restricting the flow of state information to prevent people from knowing their rights is a dangerous precedent Washington voters should not be tricked into setting. Vote no, and let’s figure out other ways to help unions thrive in the state.

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The paper’s editorial board opposes SEIU’s initiative designed to keep the Freedom Foundation from getting a list of SEIU’s caregiver members. The union opposes the foundation’s efforts to inform union members that the Supreme Court decided that they do not have to belong to the union or pay dues to it. This measure, written and […]

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Liberal Publication Opposes SEIU Initiative

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The publication’s editorial board opposes SEIU’s initiative designed to keep the Freedom Foundation from getting a list of SEIU’s caregiver members. The union opposes the foundation’s efforts to inform union members that the Supreme Court decided that they do not have to belong to the union or pay dues to it. Of course, rather than being honest about the purpose of the initiative, the union disguised it to appear to be about protecting the elderly from identity theft.

Proponents of this initiative want you to think it’s about keeping old people safe. We’re not sure how the SECB would have voted if the measure were really about protecting the elderly… But luckily we didn’t have to find out! That’s because this thing is really about something other than keeping old people safe: an endless grudge match between two crazed interest groups, the Service Employees International Union … and … the Freedom Foundation…

The Freedom Foundation has been trying to contact Washington health care workers to tell them about a court ruling that said Medicaid-funded health aides don’t have to pay their union dues. To do that, they want the state to give them a list of those aides. SEIU, unsurprisingly, wants to stop the Freedom Foundation from contacting its members. So the union has tried to get this information exempted from state public-disclosure rules. They’ve lost in court and in the state legislature, and now they’re taking it to the ballot under the guise of protecting the elderly. To that alleged end, I-1501 would prohibit the release of the names of home-health-care workers—workers who, by the way, are paid with public dollars. (It would also increase the punishment for identity theft against seniors, but, again, that’s not really the point of this thing.)

… I-1501 is a bad idea. This initiative would chip away at our state’s strong public-disclosure laws and lock information about publicly funded employees out of public view. While it includes some limited exemptions, like one for “a bona fide news organization that requests such information to conduct an investigation into, or report upon, the actions of such specific public employee(s),” that’s simply not good enough.(And we’re not sure “bona fide news organization” applies to The Stranger, so there’s that, too.)

SEIU’s initiative is a bad idea masquerading as concern for your grandma… Also, this exact same fight between SEIU and the Freedom Foundation is playing out before the state supreme court as we type. Let the high court figure this one out… Vote no.

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The publication’s editorial board opposes SEIU’s initiative designed to keep the Freedom Foundation from getting a list of SEIU’s caregiver members. The union opposes the foundation’s efforts to inform union members that the Supreme Court decided that they do not have to belong to the union or pay dues to it. Of course, rather than […]

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The Spokesman-Review Opposes SEIU’s Initiative

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The editorial board of The Spokesman-Review, one of the largest newspapers in the State of Washington, opposes SEIU’s initiative designed to keep the Freedom Foundation from getting a list of SEIU’s caregiver members. The union opposes the foundation’s efforts to inform union members that the Supreme Court decided that they do not have to belong to the union or pay dues to it. Of course, rather than being honest about the purpose of the initiative, the union is trying to disguise it as a measure to protect the elderly from identity theft.

A libertarian think tank wants to contact home-health-care workers to let them know they have the right to leave their union and stop paying dues, thanks to a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The union, Service Employees International Union, doesn’t like this, so it wants an exemption to the Public Records Act that would keep workers’ information under wraps.

That’s the back story of Initiative 1501, which would give seniors and other vulnerable adults more protections against identity theft while altering the public records law. SEIU and the Freedom Foundation have been waging this fight for two years. The initiative’s added protections for seniors look to be sweetener to achieve the real goal.

The American Association of Retired Persons says there are ways to protect seniors without touching the public records law. AARP will be advocating for a bill in the Legislature. That’s a better way to go, so vote no.

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The editorial board of The Spokesman-Review, one of the largest newspapers in the State of Washington, opposes SEIU’s initiative designed to keep the Freedom Foundation from getting a list of SEIU’s caregiver members. The union opposes the foundation’s efforts to inform union members that the Supreme Court decided that they do not have to belong to […]

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SEIU Loses Badly

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Princeton graduate students recently had an election to determine whether to affiliate their student union with the American Federation of Teachers or SEIU. Overwhelmingly, the students chose the AFT.

On Oct. 18, University graduate students gathered in McCosh 62 and voted to affiliate the emergent Princeton Graduate Student Union with the American Federation of Teachers, a national union specializing in education. AFT received 77.1 percent of the vote, winning by a significant margin over the PGSU’s other option, the Service Employees International Union, a more generalized national union that emphasizes political solidarity and currently represents service workers at the University…

AFT also generally grants local affiliated chapters more autonomy than SEIU does and it is less inclined to have official political stances, which many students at the town hall meeting on Oct. 11 worried would alienate students with differing political beliefs from participating in PGSU.

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Princeton graduate students recently had an election to determine whether to affiliate their student union with the American Federation of Teachers or SEIU. Overwhelmingly, the students chose the AFT. On Oct. 18, University graduate students gathered in McCosh 62 and voted to affiliate the emergent Princeton Graduate Student Union with the American Federation of Teachers, […]

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Hypocrites

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us chamber 2SEIU has led and funded the Fight for $15 campaign demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union membership for all employees across the country. Of course, SEIU refuses to pay its Fight for $15 organizers $15 an hour or to allow them to join SEIU’s staff union, which is called the Union of Union Representatives. Some of these organizers say that they’re only being paid $9 an hour.

 

 

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SEIU has led and funded the Fight for $15 campaign demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union membership for all employees across the country. Of course, SEIU refuses to pay its Fight for $15 organizers $15 an hour or to allow them to join SEIU’s staff union, which is called the Union of Union Representatives. […]

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Incredible Hypocrisy

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international business timesSEIU won’t allow Fight for $15 (and a Union) employees to join SEIU’s staff union, and SEIU may have violated the contract with its staff union.

A small group of organizers for Fight for $15 — the nationwide campaign advocating a fast-food workers’ union and a $15 minimum wage — are demanding the right to join the staff union of the Service Employees International Union, the labor group behind the $15 campaign.

In some cases, union employees may form a union of their own. That’s how the Union for Union Representatives, a group representing approximately 100 SEIU staff members nationwide, came about. Now the UUR is insisting that organizers with the Fight for $15 campaign should also be unionized — and that the SEIU has violated its own staff’s collective bargaining contract by not letting Fight for $15 workers join UUR.

Although the SEIU has sometimes described Fight for $15 as a semi-autonomous entity, distinct from the union itself, the UUR says workers affiliated with the campaign are effectively SEIU employees. As such, they should have representation of their own, said the UUR in a statement Monday…

It’s an awkward question for the SEIU and Fight for $15, which often accuse other companies of misclassifying workers in order to shirk their responsibility for fair pay and working conditions…

California Fight for $15 organizer Emiliana Sparaco told International Business Times she and her colleagues were “in the same position” as the fast-food workers they’re trying to organize: overworked, underpaid and precariously employed…

The SEIU did not return a request for comment…Though assigned to the Fight for $15 campaign, Sparaco told IBT she had been hired by the SEIU, and someone from the union was her direct supervisor.

“The only thing that keeps me from being an SEIU staffer myself is that my paycheck has another name on it,” she said.

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SEIU won’t allow Fight for $15 (and a Union) employees to join SEIU’s staff union, and SEIU may have violated the contract with its staff union. A small group of organizers for Fight for $15 — the nationwide campaign advocating a fast-food workers’ union and a $15 minimum wage — are demanding the right to […]

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SEIU Members Determined to Break Free

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fresno beeSome California SEIU members are voting once again on decertification. Why must they vote again? Because SEIU used a technicality to overturn the result of the last decertification election, which the union lost by over 16 points. Of course, by overturning the election result, SEIU was able to continue collecting dues from unwilling union members. What was the technicality that SEIU seized upon to overturn the election? The union was unhappy because ballots were accidentally mailed four days early to union members. Although there has been an effort to decertify SEIU for several years, SEIU ridiculously claimed that the four days were “critical” to its campaign.

[Eulalio] Gomez and his supporters want to leave SEIU because they are concerned about the larger union’s efforts in social justice protests, many of which they contend oppose law enforcement officers or promoting minimum wage at large protests outside the area.

Gomez said members in other units within SEIU also are considering breaking away.

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Some California SEIU members are voting once again on decertification. Why must they vote again? Because SEIU used a technicality to overturn the result of the last decertification election, which the union lost by over 16 points. Of course, by overturning the election result, SEIU was able to continue collecting dues from unwilling union members. […]

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