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Harassment

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forbesIn an attempt to win a unionization election in Minnesota, SEIU repeatedly harassed a personal care attendant — both in person and over the phone. Fed up with the harassment, the young woman decided to oppose the union.

Holly had just returned home from shopping, when as she escorted her patient inside prior to unloading the groceries she noticed a woman sitting in a parked car in front of the house. As Holly gathered the groceries, the woman got out and approached her: she was well dressed in a white suit and had an accent that indicated that she was not from Minnesota.

The woman identified herself as a SEIU representative, and asked if they could talk for a few minutes. Holly said she didn’t have time right now, but the woman persisted, placing herself between Holly and the front of the door and repeatedly asking her how she intended to vote in the upcoming union election.

Holly became frightened; arms full of groceries, she could hear her patient becoming agitated and distressed inside, and here was this strange woman blocking her way and demanding to know how she would ‘vote.’

Holly finally extricated herself and entered her home slamming the door behind her. But that wasn’t the end of things. Over the next weeks and months, she received multiple calls and visits from the union. I asked Holly how she would characterize the nature of these calls and visits. “Stalking, absolutely,” she told me. “They wouldn’t leave me alone!”

She remembered one of the last calls she received from the union, sometime in late spring of 2014. “I was asking the guy tons of questions,” she told me. “They kept telling me they could do great things for us PCAs, and I wanted specifics but the guy couldn’t give me any straight answers. I felt like he was just trying to guilt me into going for the union. I became fed up and told him that when my ballot came I intended to vote ‘no’ and then I hung up.”

 

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In an attempt to win a unionization election in Minnesota, SEIU repeatedly harassed a personal care attendant — both in person and over the phone. Fed up with the harassment, the young woman decided to oppose the union. Holly had just returned home from shopping, when as she escorted her patient inside prior to unloading the […]

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Corruption

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fox 2 detroitTwo Michigan SEIU bosses have been removed from office amid an investigation into missing union funds.

Union president Marge Robinson and the union’s secretary treasurer Shalaya Bryant have been removed from their position while the international union investigates.

“The union took steps to bring in trustees at the local and launch a pretty expansive investigation into what could have been going on here,” [union trustee Inga] Skippings said.

The union says a whistleblower came forward telling representatives to look at the books leading to claims of abuse of finances specifically in the union’s loan and vacation policy.

“There was initial work done to suss out the credibility before we took the action we did,” Skippings said.

The union won’t give a dollar amount, but clearly it was enough evidence to warrant both Robinson and Bryant being removed from their position while the union looks at how long and how deep this potential fraud goes.

Both union bosses were well-compensated. “SEIU secretary treasurer Shalaya Bryant earns an annual salary plus benefits of $103,493 a year, according to records. Margaret Robinson, though, earns far and away more than that as president of the Michigan chapter of the SEIU. Robinson takes in $209,889 annually according to records.”

 

Two Michigan SEIU bosses have been removed from office amid an investigation into missing union funds. Union president Marge Robinson and the union’s secretary treasurer Shalaya Bryant have been removed from their position while the international union investigates. “The union took steps to bring in trustees at the local and launch a pretty expansive investigation into […]

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Incompetence and Intransigence

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washington free beaconSEIU organized a protest to harass a Congressman at his home, but they couldn’t even find the right house. Incredibly, even after being informed of their error by neighbors, the union refused to leave and had to be removed from the property by police.

The group of over 50 protestors, who arrived in Service Employees International Union (SEIU) vans, carried a fake coffin to the house to send a message that [U.S. Representative Steve] Knight’s votes in Congress were “killing” them, according to a report in the local Antelope Valley Press.

Police arrived at the scene to alert the union protestors that they were in the wrong place, but the activists—who had already been informed of this fact by neighbors—decided to continue the protest anyway. The police removed the protestors from the home’s driveway and front lawn…

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SEIU organized a protest to harass a Congressman at his home, but they couldn’t even find the right house. Incredibly, even after being informed of their error by neighbors, the union refused to leave and had to be removed from the property by police. The group of over 50 protestors, who arrived in Service Employees […]

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Muslim Organization Fights SEIU

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washington examiner 3The most powerful Muslim special interest group in the country opposes SEIU’s efforts to unionize its staffers.  “The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s most prominent Muslim civil rights group, is resisting an effort by the Service Employees International Union to organize its staff.”

The advocacy group lost the first round, but it could still appeal.

 

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The most powerful Muslim special interest group in the country opposes SEIU’s efforts to unionize its staffers.  “The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s most prominent Muslim civil rights group, is resisting an effort by the Service Employees International Union to organize its staff.” The advocacy group lost the first round, but it could still […]

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Jobs report positive, but more to do to bring back lost labor force

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algApril 7, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers:

“With 472,000 more Americans reporting they have jobs in the household survey — almost a million new jobs since January — the U.S. economy is going a long way to bringing back into the economy the roughly 9 million 16 to 64 year olds who either left the labor force or did not enter on a net basis since labor participation peaked in 1997. President Trump spoke often of underemployment on the campaign trail, so he realizes more than anyone that we’ve still got a ways to go. If those 9 million lost labor force were included in today’s jobs report, the unemployment rate would still be north of 9 percent. Growth still remains low, with the last 10 years being the worst in history from a growth perspective. “With that in mind, it remains important that Congress support President Trump’s agenda for better trade deals, lower taxes and few regulations so that today’s gains can be sustained with an economy that grows robustly.” ###

 

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April 7, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the latest jobs numbers: “With 472,000 more Americans reporting they have jobs in the household survey — almost a million new jobs since January — the U.S. economy is going a long way to bringing back into the […]

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Out in the Cold

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By Richard McCarty

Last year, Big Labor gambled on Democrats, and they lost big at both the state and federal level. Now they find themselves out in the cold in many places.

One of those places is Kentucky. Prior to the 2016 elections, Republicans held the Kentucky governorship and the state Senate, while Democrats held a 53-47 majority in the state House of Representatives. Big Labor fought hard to keep the Democrats in control of the state House, but their efforts were in vain – Republicans routed the Democrats picking up 17 seats.

As a consequence of last year’s elections, the new state legislature quickly passed a right to work bill that lets employees decide for themselves if they want to join a union, a paycheck protection bill (which prohibits the deduction of union dues from wages unless the employee opts in to paying them), and a bill repealing the prevailing wage law (a law that required contractors on certain government contracts to pay wages at or above local union wages).

Governor Matt Bevin signed all three bills into law.

In previous years, the Republican-led state Senate had passed right to work legislation only to watch it die in the Democrat-run state House.

Another place where unions find themselves out in the cold is Missouri. Republicans there have tried to enact right to work legislation for the past several years, but were stymied by the Democrat governor, Jay Nixon, who was unable to run for reelection last year due to term limits.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate, Eric Greitens, ran on enacting right to work; the Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Chris Koster, ran on opposing right to work and received generous union support. But in the end, union support wasn’t enough, and Greitens defeated Koster by nearly six points in November.

Republican legislators wasted little time in once again passing a right to work bill, and Greitens signed it into law. Now, the legislature is considering reforming its prevailing wage law and passing paycheck protection legislation.

And not only have unions lost a number of political battles — they’re also losing members. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 240,000 fewer US union members in 2016 than there were in 2015. In 1983, 20.1 percent of the US labor force belonged to a union; in 2016, only 10.7 percent of the labor force belonged to a union.

The overall rate would have been much lower if the public sector union membership rate were not so high, but both sectors have seen union membership declines last year. Between 2015 and 2016, the private sector union membership rate fell from 6.7 percent to 6.4 percent while the public sector union membership rate fell from 35.2 percent to 34.4 percent.

And the bad news for unions didn’t stop there: union members tend to be a bit older, most states saw declining union membership last year, and voters’ views of union bosses aren’t very good. The age group most likely to belong to a union was 45-64 year olds — 13.3 percent of workers in that age group belonged to a union. During 2016, union membership rates fell in 31 states, remained flat in 3 states, and rose in 16 states.

According to a Rasmussen poll taken last year, only 20 percent of likely voters believed that most union bosses do a good job of representing their members. At the same time, 57 percent believed that union bosses are out of touch with most of their members.

Facing facts like these, it’s time for union bosses to get serious about providing real value for their members, stop wasting their members’ money on pet projects, and stop playing political games.

One way that private sector unions could do this would be to start working with, rather than against, President Trump and help him achieve his goals of bringing back jobs from overseas and keeping existing jobs, issues that Democrats have neglected for years and where there may now be common ground with President.

Richard McCarty is a Senior Research Analyst at Americans for Limited Government.

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By Richard McCarty Last year, Big Labor gambled on Democrats, and they lost big at both the state and federal level. Now they find themselves out in the cold in many places. One of those places is Kentucky. Prior to the 2016 elections, Republicans held the Kentucky governorship and the state Senate, while Democrats held […]

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Working with Communists

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fight back! newsSEIU teamed up with Communists to protest the outcome of the US presidential election.

Over a dozen organizations have formed the Peoples Coalition Against Trump, which will be holding the main action on Inauguration Day…

Some organizations involved in the coalition are the Peoples Autonomist Federation, Students for a Democratic Society, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Houston Area Progressives, the Communist Party USA, Workers World Party, the Peoples New Black Panther Party, the SEIU, and Socialist Alternative.

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SEIU teamed up with Communists to protest the outcome of the US presidential election. Over a dozen organizations have formed the Peoples Coalition Against Trump, which will be holding the main action on Inauguration Day… Some organizations involved in the coalition are the Peoples Autonomist Federation, Students for a Democratic Society, the Freedom Road Socialist […]

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Still in Turmoil

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las vegas review-journalAn SEIU local in Nevada that has had a lot of turnover in leadership over the past several years is still in turmoil. The president and the vice president of the local filed charges against each other with the international union; two union staffers also filed internal complaints against the vice president — and one of those staffers even got a protective order against the vice president, which barred her from entering the union hall. In the midst of all this bickering, SEIU members at a hospital are working to decertify the union. If they succeed, it could cost SEIU the dues of 3,000 members.

 

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An SEIU local in Nevada that has had a lot of turnover in leadership over the past several years is still in turmoil. The president and the vice president of the local filed charges against each other with the international union; two union staffers also filed internal complaints against the vice president — and one […]

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SEIU Crushed

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northwest labor pressHundreds of hospital employees in Oregon had the choice of joining either SEIU or AFT in a recent runoff election, and voters overwhelmingly rejected SEIU by a vote of 319-110. SEIU performed significantly worse in the runoff than it had in the first round when it won 176 votes.

 

 

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Hundreds of hospital employees in Oregon had the choice of joining either SEIU or AFT in a recent runoff election, and voters overwhelmingly rejected SEIU by a vote of 319-110. SEIU performed significantly worse in the runoff than it had in the first round when it won 176 votes.    

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SEIU Loses Again

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1493278_10153155610602680_8938735216359814895_nAlthough the SEIU bitterly opposed Right to Work legislation in Missouri, the state’s new governor just signed it into law. With Gov. Eric Greitens’ signature, Missouri became the 28th Right to Work state. Because the state legislature strongly supported Right to Work and Greitens had campaigned on the issue, the legislation’s enactment was expected. Just last month, the neighboring state of Kentucky became the 27th Right to Work state. Perhaps SEIU’s president had these two states in mind when she called for a 30% cut in the union’s budget.

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Although the SEIU bitterly opposed Right to Work legislation in Missouri, the state’s new governor just signed it into law. With Gov. Eric Greitens’ signature, Missouri became the 28th Right to Work state. Because the state legislature strongly supported Right to Work and Greitens had campaigned on the issue, the legislation’s enactment was expected. Just […]

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