SEIU Front Group “Wisconsin Jobs Now” Promotes ObamaCare, Law Breaking

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The “nonpartisan” Wisconsin Jobs Now, funded nearly entirely by SEIU Healthcare, is an Obamacare certified application counselor with a history of lawbreaking.SEIU_wisconsin_jobs_now

“Wisconsin Jobs Now” is a self-described “community-based, non-profit organization” focused on issues like “economic justice” and “fighting income inequality.” However, when you look into their financial statements, it becomes immediately clear that they are little more than an arm of SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin and SEIU International, from whom they received over $100,000 in 2012.

Their partisanship was clearly on display in 2012, where they were at the forefront of the Wisconsin State Senate recall elections:

The group Wisconsin Jobs Now! gained notoriety last year when it was caught handing out barbecue chicken dinners to voters in conjunction with free rides to the polls in last summer’s Wisconsin state senate recall elections. That activity landed them an investigation by prosecutors. This year the group, which bills itself as a “non-partisan organization” on its website, is leading early voting efforts in Milwaukee that predominantly benefit the Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor.

The article further explains the ties to the SEIU, describing how many of the top organizers of Wisconsin Jobs Now also drew paychecks from the SEIU directly.

But the questionable activity did not end there – Wisconsin Jobs Now organizers have been legally implicated in 40 arrests and multiple investigations:

Police cited Zellner and 16 others for harassing and disrupting a political fundraiser held by a Republican state official in January of 2012. In addition to Zellner, at least three of those cited worked for Wisconsin Jobs Now. They were Matthew S. Finnell, who still blogs and writes for the organization, Nicholas A. Janis, and the previously investigated Stoner.

An early participate in the Occupy Wall Street movement, Wisconsin Jobs Now has hosted sit-ins at district offices of Republican members of Congress and recruited people to disrupt an in-district speaking engagement of Congressman Paul Ryan. The result was 19 people arrested for disturbing the peace at the office of Senator Ron Johnson, and three people arrested during the Ryan speech.

And now, the group responsible for so many broken laws and arrests is certified to promote Obamacare in Wisconsin. Despite the fact that they have zero experience with healthcare, they will be responsible to “help people understand, apply, and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace.”

If their previous experience is any indication, you can expect to see more questionable activity. Particularly given the fact that as of October 2013, “less than 50” people had signed up for Obamacare in the whole state of Wisconsin. Given their history, it wouldn’t be surprising if even that number was manipulated as well.

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The “nonpartisan” Wisconsin Jobs Now, funded nearly entirely by SEIU Healthcare, is an Obamacare certified application counselor with a history of lawbreaking. “Wisconsin Jobs Now” is a self-described “community-based, non-profit organization” focused on issues like “economic justice” and “fighting income inequality.” However, when you look into their financial statements, it becomes immediately clear that they […]

Cedric Hughes, Former SEIU Local 721 Treasurer, Alledgedly Swipes $15K from Union

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cedric-earl-hughes-seiu-local-721-uupFormer Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 Treasurer Cedric Hughes was indicted for five counts of wire fraud and a count of embezzlement.

Less than two months after SEIU Local 6434 President Tyrone Ricky Freeman was sentenced to three years in jail, yet another SEIU official is being indicted for fraud and embezzlement. Cedric Hughes is the latest in a line of corrupt SEIU officials who found the money too good not to steal:

Hughes, who served in his position from March 2009 through June 2010, wrote unauthorized checks to himself and made unauthorized cash withdrawals and debit card transactions with the union’s debit card totaling $15,194. The indictment follows an investigation by the OLMS Los Angeles District Office.

While Cedric Hughes’ embezzlement didn’t quite reach the levels of money that Tyrone Freeman’s, his betrayal of trust is no less concerning to SEIU membership. As Staff Union Treasurer, Hughes had access to the Chase Bank account for the United Union Professionals, the Staff Union for SEIU Local 721. According to the indictment filed in the Central District of California US District Court (full document at end of this article), it was this account Hughes treated as a personal credit card:

In order to conceal the withdrawals from officers at UUP and to continue making withdrawals undetected, defendant HUGHES knowingly and falsely told UUP officers that the checkbook and other financial records for the UUP Chase Account had gone missing when defendant HUGHES’s truck was stolen.

The lengths Hughes went to in order to conceal his fraud can only be described as brazen. Not only did Hughes knowingly misappropriate union funds for personal use, but he went so far as to lie to the officers of the staff union. While the indictment doesn’t mention whether his truck was actually stolen, Cedric Hughes actions cast doubt on his entire character.

The fact that Hughes is, at a minimum, the third SEIU official to be charged with embezzling union funds in 2013 points to serious issues within SEIU’s management and oversight. Unless changes are made, we expect to see even more of these stories in 2014. As we said with Tyrone Freeman, Cedric Hughes would’ve never gotten away with what he did without a complacence atmosphere of SEIU corruption telling him that it was okay.

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Former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 Treasurer Cedric Hughes was indicted for five counts of wire fraud and a count of embezzlement. Less than two months after SEIU Local 6434 President Tyrone Ricky Freeman was sentenced to three years in jail, yet another SEIU official is being indicted for fraud and embezzlement. Cedric […]

Why Fast Food Workers Should Really Protest – Via NetRightDaily

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Today’s article brought to you by Americans for Limited Government’s NetRightDaily blog. By David Bozeman. Originally published Dec. 6, 2013.

Fast food workers, prodded on by a top down effort by union organizers, yesterday protested in many locations demanding a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour and, of course, union representation, among other demands.  Kendall Fells, representing the SEIU-backed Fast Food Forward, immediately cited industry profits to justify his group’s demands.

How revealing that the first remark out of his mouth was the left’s most timeworn cliché.  How sadder still is the economic morale five years into the era of transformation, good will, “stimulus,” hope and change.

Nothing written here is meant to disparage those fast food workers who do indeed struggle between paychecks.  But the pay and preponderance of entry-level service jobs is not the weight on American prosperity, it is the lack of higher-paying positions, many lost in the Great Recession that have not been replaced.

Among other factors, the American economy is saddled with leadership that remains hostile to job creation.  The Obama Administration’s “you didn’t build that” mentality both reflects and eggs on a seething hostility to “evil” corporations and those “lucky” enough to have sustained small business ownership.  Simply, why should businesses invest under conditions hostile not only to their growth but sometimes to their very existence (for instance, the energy producers and the health insurance industry)?

Fortunately, fast food work, even today, is still a transitory means of employment, a field mostly of teenagers, college students and those needing just part-time wages.  Rather than a sentence, a stint at McDonald’s offers pay, experience and a step up.  Those who have to settle for fast food work to support themselves and their families deserve a free and competitive job market.  But, policy aside, what is most heartbreakingly absent today, what those fast food workers need in large doses, is hope.

Read more here: http://netrightdaily.com/2013/12/fast-food-workers-really-protest/ 

Today’s article brought to you by Americans for Limited Government’s NetRightDaily blog. By David Bozeman. Originally published Dec. 6, 2013. Fast food workers, prodded on by a top down effort by union organizers, yesterday protested in many locations demanding a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour and, of course, union representation, among other demands.  […]

Thankless SEIU Workers Jam Airports for Thanksgiving Flights

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SEIU Local 32BJ led a Thanksgiving-timed poverty wage strike at LaGuardia Airport, precipitating Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Boston, JFK, and Newark strikes

Via SEIU 32BJ, striking union members may be a common sight at airports across the country this Thanksgiving.

Via SEIU 32BJ, striking union members may be a common sight at airports across the country this Thanksgiving.

As Americans across the country gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, one thing will definitely not be on the list of things they’re grateful for: delays at the airport. However, that’s exactly what the SEIU Local 32BJ will be leaving them with at major air terminals across the country. Starting with LaGuardia Airport, SEIU members are protesting what they see as “poverty wages:”

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, as Americans were about to enter the busy holiday travel season, New York Area airport service workers gathered at LaGuardia Airport to call attention to the prevalence of poverty wages and poor working conditions that they say are creating a crisis for workers and the traveling public at the airports.

And the SEIU will not be stopping at disrupting air travel at one airport. As they say in the infomercials, “but wait, there’s more:”

Attention now turns to airports like the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Philadelphia International Airport, Boston’s Logan Airport, the John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport in New York and Newark Liberty International Airport, where airport workers are also demanding higher standards for wages and benefits.

The SEIU is continuing their fascinating tactic of “we hate you, so join us”- causing headaches, delays and potential missed flights for thousands of Americans who only want to see their families. Despite it’s more recent prevalence, this tactic has been seen to fail across the country, as union membership continues to decline for the SEIU and their approval ratings continue to plummet.

Particularly fascinating from the SEIU article is the evidence they cite for their “poverty wages.” The UC Berkeley Labor Center report they cite says that “average hourly real wages across both directly-hired and outsourced workers declined by 45 percent, from over $19 an hour to $10.60 (in 2012 dollars).” This is still above the $10.10 minimum wage the SEIU was pushing for just 5 months ago- which we’ve already explained would do irreparable harm to workers. Apparently even the $10.10 the SEIU previously advocated counts as a “poverty wage” now.

The SEIU also makes the incredulous claim that their jobs are being done more poorly because of their “poverty wages.” Ben Shapiro at Breitbart easily deflates this claim, citing a Airline Quality Ratings report claiming a continued improvement in performance over the last 4 years. This proves the only thing standing between employees and good customer service is the SEIU.

The fact the SEIU continues their tactic of punishing the population for perceived punitive pay by their employers proves their tone-deafness. These tactics, far from endearing potential support, only further demonstrates their incompetence and disconnect with reality. The SEIU thinks that their bad behavior will reflect poorly on their employers, not themselves. But as public opinion and membership rates show, the egg is ending up only on their own faces.

Via SEIU 32BJ, striking union members may be a common sight at airports across the country this Thanksgiving.

SEIU Local 32BJ led a Thanksgiving-timed poverty wage strike at LaGuardia Airport, precipitating Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Boston, JFK, and Newark strikes As Americans across the country gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, one thing will definitely not be on the list of things they’re grateful for: delays at the airport. However, that’s exactly what […]

Tyrone Freeman, SEIU Embezzler, Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

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Service Employees International Union Local 6434 former president Tyrone Freeman was sentenced to 33 months jail and $150,000 fine for stealing SEIU dues money

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Tyrone Freeman, who we’ve written about often here, has been sentenced to almost 3 years of jail time. The judge ordered Freeman to pay $150,000 in restitution and 33 months of prison for 14 charges, which included embezzlement and fraud.

We’ve discussed the charges, the sentencing and even given you a glimpse into an evening with Freeman, where his extravagance with union member’s dues money is on full display. But one of the most interesting views comes from the LA Times, which offers this insight into the last few moments before the sentencing, where Freeman breaks down in tears:

Before Collins imposed the sentence, Freeman stood before the judge and cried as he asked for leniency, acknowledging that his “bad decisions” hurt the workers and his family.

“May God have mercy on me,” said Freeman, 44, wearing a dark business suit. “I am accountable for these bad decisions.”

On Monday, prosecutors said they believed the sentence for Freeman was fair, although they had asked for a prison term of more than three years. “He abused some of the poorest working-class members of this community,” Assistant U.S. Atty. Elisa Fernandez said.

A rival union whose leaders left the SEIU after resisting efforts to shift some of their members to Freeman’s local welcomed Monday’s sentence. “People in SEIU’s leadership knew there was something wrong in the local for years and did nothing about it,” said John Borsos, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

SEIU Local 6434 and the union’s national office did not respond to requests for comment.

One of the most important factors that brought about the trial and sentencing of Tyrone Freeman was the promulgation of the Department of Labor’s Form LM-2 regulation. This regulation for the first time disclosed detailed union financial information. This disclosure regulation was strongly opposed by unions.

It was because a whistleblower took a look at the Form LM-2 and recognized that something was wrong that investigators began reviewing the union’s expenses. As quoted earlier, it had been obvious to the SEIU International union that something was wrong, but nothing was done. To the SEIU, petty theft is not as significant of a problem as bad publicity.

This fits with the theory of SEIU responsibility, which is that as long as your problems don’t extend to the point of harming the overall union, they won’t call you out. In fact they would prefer to have something negative to hold over  leaders like Tyrone Freeman, so that they can later penalize and replace them if they act out of line. After all, if they do nothing wrong, it’s much harder to replace them with someone friendlier to their goals.

The SEIU has a long history of fighting transparency measures. You can see that in some of our previous articles. This case, however, shows how long they’re willing to go before calling out one of their own members. Tyrone Freeman would’ve never gotten away with what he did without a complacence atmosphere of SEIU corruption telling him that it was okay.

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Service Employees International Union Local 6434 former president Tyrone Freeman was sentenced to 33 months jail and $150,000 fine for stealing SEIU dues money Tyrone Freeman, who we’ve written about often here, has been sentenced to almost 3 years of jail time. The judge ordered Freeman to pay $150,000 in restitution and 33 months of […]

SEIU Blasts Government Shutdown as Local 1 Strikes over Obamacare Cuts

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SEIU-government-shutdown-obamacareService Employees International Union issues press release blasting Republicans over government shutdown while SEIU Local 1 strikes on Obamacare-caused cuts.

The federal government shutdown of non-essential workers has many confused and frustrated, not the least of which is the SEIU. Not only does the union represent many of those being furloughed, but the government shutdown is largely caused because of disagreement over the Affordable Healthcare Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

In response to the government shutdown, the SEIU issued this strongly worded press release attacking Congressional Republicans for allowing the shutdown to go into effect. SEIU president Mary Kay Henry was quoted as saying:

Our immediate thoughts are with the working people who are furloughed and will lose needed income, including the 700 SEIU security officers in the Washington D.C [sic] metropolitan region, as well as the millions more who will feel the effects of a shutdown in their lives and their local economies.

The press release goes on to praise Obamacare, declaring that since it is an established law, it shouldn’t be treated as a “political pawn”. The press release doesn’t go so far as to mention that the  SEIU has gone so far as to pay members to protest for Obamacare and has consistently held water in advocating for the Act.  So not only is the SEIU self-interested in the workers affected by the government shutdown, but they also seem to have a stake in the legislation as well.

What makes the timing of this particular press release particularly interesting, is that it comes at the same time as SEIU Local 1 in Columbus is going on strike- over cuts caused by Obamacare. We’ve previously covered other Obamacare-related strikes by the SEIU, but this one gets major points for style:

SEIU Local 1 members – supported on September 24 by members of other labor unions and other leftists including illegal-immigrant union spokesman Jamal Gilcrease – are on strike to “defend their rights,” noting that they “struggle to make ends meet despite the fact that they clean the offices of some the [sic] richest companies in the city.”


French, paid $76,221 with money taken from SEIU members last year, explained to Media Trackers that employers’ plans to cut Columbus janitors’ hours due to Obamacare mandates were merely the “latest excuse in a long line of many that we’ve seen from corporate America” to “take money out of the middle class workers’ pocket.”

SEIU local unions are protesting the effects of Obamacare as they begin to feel the pinch of it’s effects. Meanwhile, SEIU International continues to put their political priorities above their workers. This support comes despite the fact they may lose a major boon to recruitment through the loss of their competitive healthcare plans. The SEIU seems to be on the path of shutdown themselves, and they aren’t self-aware enough to see it coming.

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Service Employees International Union issues press release blasting Republicans over government shutdown while SEIU Local 1 strikes on Obamacare-caused cuts. The federal government shutdown of non-essential workers has many confused and frustrated, not the least of which is the SEIU. Not only does the union represent many of those being furloughed, but the government shutdown […]

An Evening with the SEIU’s Tyrone Freeman

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Tyrone Freeman, a leader of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, was found guilty on 14 counts of theft of dues money from his own  union workers. But what all did he do? This is just a glimpse into a night with a corrupt union boss: Read More

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Tyrone Freeman, a leader of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, was found guilty on 14 counts of theft of dues money from his own  union workers. But what all did he do? This is just a glimpse into a night with a corrupt union boss: