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It’s Good to Be the Boss On May 9, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet SEIU’s President, Mary Kay Henry, makes nearly $300,000.   Related posts: The SEIU is Not the Fastest Growing Union- It’s Shrinking SEIU Backed Organizing Group Registered “Adolf Hitler” to Vote Union Shrinks, Union Boss’s Pay Grows SEIU Boss Accused of […]

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abc 7 chicagoFight for $15 protesters backed up traffic for miles. (Fight for $15 is a project of SEIU.)

Demonstrations began early Thursday morning at a McDonalds on the South Side, where people blocked traffic and claimed solidarity with other low-wage workers.

Later, the protest moved to Loyola University on the North Side…

The marchers then moved south down Broadway to one of Chicago’s busiest intersections where Sheridan, Hollywood and the top of Lake Shore Drive meet. There they snarled traffic for miles, sitting down in the intersection and making their case…

During the afternoon rush, groups plan to march on the Magnificent Mile. The demonstrations could flood into the street and block traffic.

 

Endangering Public Safety On May 23, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet Fight for $15 protesters backed up traffic for miles. (Fight for $15 is a project of SEIU.) Demonstrations began early Thursday morning at a McDonalds on the South Side, where people blocked traffic and claimed solidarity with other low-wage workers. Later, the protest […]

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chicago tribune 2Parents of disabled adults don’t appreciate SEIU’s scheme to grow the union through mandatory “training.”

Illinois politics is too often a master class in masking true intentions.

A legislative push by the Service Employees International Union and some state lawmakers is one such case. Behind the curtain of Senate Bill 2931 is a greedy ploy by the SEIU to make more money at the expense of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

The bill mandates that personal assistants, also known as at-home caregivers, attend an in-person training session once a year. Sounds innocent enough, right? But what happened at mandatory caregiver training sessions in 2014 offers clues to the union’s true motives.

“It felt like a union drive,” said Debra Lewis. “They were berating the program, and I learned nothing.”

Lewis and her husband care for their adult son, who suffered a severe brain injury as a child when he was hit by a semitruck outside their home. The Lewises receive an hourly stipend from the state to cover the costs of care — a fraction of what it would cost to house their son in a state-run facility.

Joanne Kocourek and her husband care for their adult daughter, who has two severe genetic disorders.

“There was a very strong push to support the union,” Kocourek said of the mandatory half-day training in 2014. “We had to go. For us it was really frustrating because we had to find someone else to be with our daughter.”

Why was the union pulling parents away from loved ones who need around-the-clock care? The answer was cash.

Per the union’s contract with the state, which expired June 30, 2015, SEIU received a captive audience for a 30-minute membership drive during training…

“They cry out for higher wages and they hurt the families that want no part in this political power play,” Lewis said of the SEIU. “I am so very thankful for what we have. The greed and power this union has sickens me.”

Kocourek shares Lewis’ frustrations.

“Every time they fight for raises and more benefits and win, my daughter loses hours of service,” she said. “They’re not fighting for what’s in the best interest of our loved ones. They’re fighting for what is in the best interest of the union.”

 

Caregiver Blasts SEIU’s “Greed” On May 24, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet Parents of disabled adults don’t appreciate SEIU’s scheme to grow the union through mandatory “training.” Illinois politics is too often a master class in masking true intentions. A legislative push by the Service Employees International Union and some state lawmakers is one […]

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the daily callerDid SEIU break the law by misusing funds?

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of the most politically active unions at 1.9 million members. Federal law restricts how union funds are spent regarding politics and requires unions to disclose financial transactions. SEIU was allegedly able to ignore requirements and funnel $1,133,407 into its front-group Wisconsin Jobs Now (WJN).

SEIU’s contributions to WJN were listed as union administration costs meaning, it includes nonpolitical fees. WJN is a political group that doesn’t have to disclose its expenditures since it files as an independent tax-exempt public charity and not a labor union.

WJN has endorsed political candidates and held numerous rallies. It organized a protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and supports the Black Lives Matter movement. It has engaged in numerous political activities that nonpolitical fees could not legally go to.

The local SEIU committee and WJN are essentially controlled by the same people as well. Local Chapter President Michael Lauer and Vice President Jennifer Epps-Addison have served executive positions at WJN. Epps-Addison resigned her post in September, 2015. SEIU, its local committee and WJN did not respond to a request for comment by TheDCNF.

 

Breaking the Law? On May 9, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet Did SEIU break the law by misusing funds? The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of the most politically active unions at 1.9 million members. Federal law restricts how union funds are spent regarding politics and requires unions to disclose financial transactions. SEIU was allegedly […]

Astroturfing Failure – SEIU Monitor SEIU Monitor

Astroturfing Failure On May 2, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet Attendance was poor at a DC rally in support of SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign. “Roughly two dozen District supporters met with Mayor Muriel Bowser, who spoke in favor of the increase.”   Related posts: The SEIU is Not the Fastest Growing Union- It’s […]

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Another SEIU Local Wants to Decertify

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morgan hill timesIn just two days, over half of the members of an SEIU local in California signed onto an effort to decertify their union. Some members feel that they get very little for the money sent to SEIU, and some disagree with SEIU’s political views. The decertification campaign is being led by the SEIU local’s former president.

Former classified union president Danielle Nunes announced April 5 that the local workforce is fed up with paying thousands of dollars in annual dues to its Service International Employees Union brethren while getting little in return. The local unit has thus begun the process of decertification.

The local leader told Morgan Hill Unified School District staff and board of education trustees during the April 5 meeting that the 314-strong classified employee unit wants to seek representation from another union or form one amongst themselves.

“We pay $130,000 per year in union dues to SEIU San Jose and feel we don’t get any representation in exchange,” said Nunes, who served as chief steward for Local 521 for five years but is now devoting her time to lead the decertification movement. “This has been coming for a while.”

Nunes noted that she has already collected about 200 signatures from members in only two days for the needed 30 percent of its membership…

Nunes cited a lack of support from the San Jose unit, as well as differing political views, as major reasons for their push to decertify from SEIU 521…

Nunes said that the San Jose office is aware of Morgan Hill’s intention to decertify and, since learning about it, has attempted to become more active in South County. But it is “classic day late, dollar short,” Nunes said.

The local unit, which would remain independent for one year before finding another bargaining union to join, is not the first to decertify from the union.

 

 

 

Another SEIU Local Wants to Decertify On May 27, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet In just two days, over half of the members of an SEIU local in California signed onto an effort to decertify their union. Some members feel that they get very little for the money sent to SEIU, and some disagree with […]

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Admitted Astroturfers On May 26, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet Fight for $15 protesters admit they work for SEIU, not McDonald’s. Related posts: The SEIU is Not the Fastest Growing Union- It’s Shrinking SEIU Backed Organizing Group Registered “Adolf Hitler” to Vote Logging In…

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indybayMembers of an SEIU local in California are claiming that their union’s recent election was rigged and are calling for a new election. They say the union’s president “kept the election a secret and many members did not get their ballots. Only 3500 people voted out of the 48,000 ballots sent out.”

 

Rigged election? On Apr 7, 2016 Union Mismanagement 0 Tweet Tweet Members of an SEIU local in California are claiming that their union’s recent election was rigged and are calling for a new election. They say the union’s president “kept the election a secret and many members did not get their ballots. Only 3500 people […]

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miami heraldThe National Labor Relations Board dismissed a complaint from the SEIU against a cleaning company.

The National Labor Relations Board … dismissed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ’s charge that CBM [Coastal Building Maintenance] violated the National Labor Relations Act…

 

Rejected On Apr 5, 2016 Latest updates 0 Tweet Tweet The National Labor Relations Board dismissed a complaint from the SEIU against a cleaning company. The National Labor Relations Board … dismissed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ’s charge that CBM [Coastal Building Maintenance] violated the National Labor Relations Act… “We were very pleased with […]

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the daily callerSEIU distributed misleading flyers in Nevada that encouraged people to support Hillary Clinton. The flyers mentioned she had “spoken out in support of the movement for $15 and a union,” but they neglected to mention that she does not support a $15 national minimum wage.

A major Nevada union has been distributing misleading flyers that state Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supports the $15 minimum wage, according to reports Saturday.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been one of the main advocates for the $15 minimum wage. Despite its support for the policy, the union decided to endorse Clinton, who argues the federal minimum wage should not exceed $12 an hour. SEIU Nevada left out her opposition to the national $15 minimum wage when it distributed flyers touting her support.

“Hillary Clinton will fight, deliver and win a better future for working families,” stated the flyer, first reported on by Politico. “Clinton has spoken out in support of the movement for $15 and a union.”

The flyer includes a number of select quotes showcasing how Clinton has been an advocate for the policy. It leaves out that she actually is opposed to the national minimum wage exceeding $12 an hour. She only supports states and cities going as high as $15 if they so choose. Her primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, however, has been vocally supportive of a $15 national minimum wage.

Misleading On Apr 4, 2016 Dirty tactics 0 Tweet Tweet SEIU distributed misleading flyers in Nevada that encouraged people to support Hillary Clinton. The flyers mentioned she had “spoken out in support of the movement for $15 and a union,” but they neglected to mention that she does not support a $15 national minimum wage. A […]