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Funding Hypocrites

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SEIU is funding the Hedge Clippers, a group opposing the role of hedge fund executives in politics. While the Hedge Clippers complain about the campaign contributions of hedge fund managers, the group conveniently fails to mention that it’s funded by powerful unions that also spend heavily on politics. Apparently, the Hedge Clippers are especially outraged that the hedge fund executives support education reform, which, of course, is bitterly opposed by unions.

Hedge Clippers is just the latest fake “grassroots” group – this one designed to smear an industry many of whose leaders want better schools for New York children.

As Business Insider reported last month, a secondary goal of the Hedge Clipper campaign is to make hedge-fund money “toxic” for Democratic Party candidates nationwide.

Which, of course, would make those candidates more reliant on union money.

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SEIU is funding the Hedge Clippers, a group opposing the role of hedge fund executives in politics. While the Hedge Clippers complain about the campaign contributions of hedge fund managers, the group conveniently fails to mention that it’s funded by powerful unions that also spend heavily on politics. Apparently, the Hedge Clippers are especially outraged […]

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Getting Desperate

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detroit newsSince Plan A (unionizing fast food workers) isn’t working, SEIU is trying Plan B (trying to get franchisees to turn against McDonalds and other fast food restaurants). This strategy seems dubious at best.

The Service Employees International Union on Thursday launched a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald’s, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchisors like McDonald’s, Subway and Wendy’s, said in a statement that franchisees indicate “incredibly high satisfaction rates.” It noted that data from the Federal Trade Commission shows franchisees renew their contracts at “an extremely high rate.”

The SEIU’s outreach to franchisees is just the latest move in a campaign to win pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast-food workers. The effort began in late 2012 and involves a range of tactics intended to build pressure on McDonald’s, including demonstrations in a growing number of cities and multiple lawsuits on behalf of workers in the U.S. and abroad.

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Since Plan A (unionizing fast food workers) isn’t working, SEIU is trying Plan B (trying to get franchisees to turn against McDonalds and other fast food restaurants). This strategy seems dubious at best. The Service Employees International Union on Thursday launched a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want […]

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Wants to Hike Taxes on the Poor

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sacramento beeSEIU is trying to hike the cigarette tax by $2 per box via a ballot measure. Of course, the tax would disproportionately impact the less affluent because the more affluent have lower smoking rates. The union also wants to hike taxes on electronic cigarettes.

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SEIU is trying to hike the cigarette tax by $2 per box via a ballot measure. Of course, the tax would disproportionately impact the less affluent because the more affluent have lower smoking rates. The union also wants to hike taxes on electronic cigarettes.

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Celebrating with Communists

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fight back! newsAn SEIU vice president planned to speak at a communist May Day celebration.

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An SEIU vice president planned to speak at a communist May Day celebration.

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Frivolous

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beyond chronSEIU will say and do anything – other than its job – to keep its members from escaping, including filing frivolous post-election complaints after it loses an election.

Blocking elections–or delaying NLRB certification of the NUHW after it wins a contested vote–has been SEIU’s survival strategy in many California health care units. Last March, for example, another group of 700 unhappy members of SEIU’s statewide United Healthcare Workers (UHW) local revolted at Seton Medical Center, in Daly City south of San Francisco.

…Three years ago, SEIU/UHW negotiated a contract riddled with costly pension and health plan give-backs affecting workers at Seton and five other Daughters of Charity hospitals. To secure membership approval, SEIU gave workers few details of the settlement and only nine hours advance notice of the ratification vote—a breach of the union’s own constitution.

Two years after this bargaining fiasco, Seton workers voted to replace SEIU with NUHW. The incumbent union appealed the election results, while continuing to collect dues but doing little to improve its day-to-day worker representation. Finally, on March 19 after a year-long investigation, the NLRB’s San Francisco regional office dismissed SEIU’s post-election complaints, finding them to be frivolous and not even worthy of a hearing.

Has NUHW been certified as the new union yet? Not quite, because the incumbent union—now completely MIA at Seton—has appealed this decision to the Labor Board in Washington.

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SEIU will say and do anything – other than its job – to keep its members from escaping, including filing frivolous post-election complaints after it loses an election. Blocking elections–or delaying NLRB certification of the NUHW after it wins a contested vote–has been SEIU’s survival strategy in many California health care units. Last March, for […]

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Self-Serving

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workplace choiceAlthough SEIU would like people to think that its support for minimum wage hikes is altruistic, the facts are otherwise.

Aaron Rodriquez, journalist at the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, interviewed Sally Sprenger, who runs a company that helps the elderly and disabled, and contracts with the County. “Sprenger said SEIU guaranteed her an exemption from paying the County’s wage hike if she agreed to deduct union dues from all of her employees’ paychecks.”

Besides using the exemption to gain dues paying members, SEIU is credited with writing the Milwaukee living wage ordinance. Sprenger said, “SEIU told me they wrote the living wage ordinance and that they singled out only the companies they represented.”

In addition, “Supervisor Jim ‘Luigi’ Schmitt told the Red Fox blog in December that SEIU worked on 16 different drafts on the living wage ordinance in collaboration with Supervisor David Bowen.”

Second, exemptions are not the only way that wage hikes are advantageous to unions. Many collective bargaining agreements tie union member wages to increases in the minimum wage.

For example, a SEIU Local 1877 contract reads, “Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, employees shall make at least 30 cents per hour over California or Federal minimum wage rates.” Another SEIU contract requires “minimum hourly wage rates shall exceed any statutory applicable minimum wage rate by fifty cents.”

Clearly, SEIU and other unions support minimum and living wage increases, just not for the benevolent reasons they claim.

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Although SEIU would like people to think that its support for minimum wage hikes is altruistic, the facts are otherwise. Aaron Rodriquez, journalist at the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, interviewed Sally Sprenger, who runs a company that helps the elderly and disabled, and contracts with the County. “Sprenger said SEIU guaranteed her an exemption from paying the County’s […]

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Spoiled

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latimes-logoSEIU members who work for the City of Los Angeles have been threatening to go on strike even though many of them are overpaid when compared to private sector or other public sector employees – and union members know they are getting a good deal.

Among the city workers who are currently threatening to strike amid contract negotiations that have stalled over pay and other issues, many collect salaries higher than those who do similar jobs in both the public and private sectors, a Los Angeles Times analysis has found.

The analysis, which compared 2014 city and federal wage data, shows that three of the five largest job categories represented by Service Employees International Union Local 721 — the biggest and most prominent of the unions now in contract talks with the city — pay more than double the median salary of similar full-time, private-sector jobs in Los Angeles County.

For example, security guards employed by the city last year made a median base salary of $57,501, compared with $23,330 in the private sector. For city janitors, median annual wages were $46,694, compared with $22,750 in the private sector. City gardeners’ median base salary was $55,173; for those doing similar jobs in the private sector, it was $23,250.

Garbage-truck drivers such as Turner, who make up the largest single job category represented by SEIU, last year made a median base salary of $73,707. Those doing the same job in the private sector made a median salary of $43,200.

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SEIU members who work for the City of Los Angeles have been threatening to go on strike even though many of them are overpaid when compared to private sector or other public sector employees – and union members know they are getting a good deal. Among the city workers who are currently threatening to strike amid […]

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Coercion

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watchdog newsLast year, over 170,000 nonmembers were forced to pay “agency fees” to SEIU against their will.

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Last year, over 170,000 nonmembers were forced to pay “agency fees” to SEIU against their will.

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Inflating the Numbers

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the hill 2SEIU’s tax day protests appear to have fallen far short of claims.

It has been over a week since the SEIU-backed protests against fast food brands. Unions used tax day as their backdrop, with the goal of drawing attention to a two-year-old rallying cry of labor groups for a more, “livable, hourly wage.”  Many of the protestors were union-backed and paid to be there, few actually workers in the fast food industry.

The “Fight for $15” campaign had announced protests in more than 200 cities, but activity appeared to top out at around 70 cities.  The protests followed a similar “script” as previous days of action with workers and far more non-employee agitators chanting and waving signs with many of the larger cities experiencing acts of civil disobedience, disruption of street traffic, and protesters entering store locations…

According to reports filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, the SEIU has invested at least $50 million into the fast food campaigns over the last two years.

That’s a huge amount of money to spend smearing the reputations of fast food brands while failing to organize not one of the 3.6 million workers employed in the fast food industry. Millions of dollars have been spent on this faux grassroots campaign purportedly led by workers. The SEIU had dumped tremendous amounts into social media ads, PR firms, paid protesters, and even the t-shirts and signs worn and held by activists…

Traditionally, unions have focused the brunt of their treasuries on activities directly related to servicing existing members and gaining new members…

It has been reported that members of the SEIU are “grumbling” about a lack of return on investment – which means actually turning protestors into dues paying union members…

Just how long will members stomach a huge investment that until now has fallen short of the union’s bloated promises?

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SEIU’s tax day protests appear to have fallen far short of claims. It has been over a week since the SEIU-backed protests against fast food brands. Unions used tax day as their backdrop, with the goal of drawing attention to a two-year-old rallying cry of labor groups for a more, “livable, hourly wage.”  Many of […]

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Aiding Occupiers

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SEIU members brought pizzas for students occupying the president’s office at Tufts University; but they were not allowed to deliver them to the students. The students were furious because the school invests in conventional energy.

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SEIU members brought pizzas for students occupying the president’s office at Tufts University; but they were not allowed to deliver them to the students. The students were furious because the school invests in conventional energy.

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