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Killing Dreams

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latimes-logoSEIU is supporting quadrupling the wages for stage actors in small LA theaters, the LA Times reports. The hikes could substantially eliminate opportunities for actors and wannabes.

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SEIU is supporting quadrupling the wages for stage actors in small LA theaters, the LA Times reports. The hikes could substantially eliminate opportunities for actors and wannabes.

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Killing Granny?

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SaintPetersBlogSEIU is demanding $15 an hour for home healthcare workers in Florida. Of course, such a wage hike could result in the elimination of jobs, inadequate care for the sick and elderly, and/or forced institutionalization.

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SEIU is demanding $15 an hour for home healthcare workers in Florida. Of course, such a wage hike could result in the elimination of jobs, inadequate care for the sick and elderly, and/or forced institutionalization.

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Vet Stands Up to SEIU

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pittsburghpostgazetteWhile many bosses quickly cave to unions, one Pittsburgh business owner is standing up to SEIU, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Dennis Lejeck, an Army veteran, spent the last several years turning around a security business that operates in four states. He offers his employees generous benefits, doesn’t believe that SEIU would be beneficial to his company or his customers, and has urged his employees to reject the union.

It took five years for Dennis Lejeck to turn around the security business that nearly cost him everything in 2009.

Last year, Black Knight Security, based in the West End, brought in $3 million in revenue. A small portion of that, he said, was profit.

So when the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ approached Mr. Lejeck to sign a neutrality agreement saying he would not oppose the union from organizing his workers, he would not even return their calls. He said he doesn’t want a third party involved in his relationship with his employees.

Read more here.

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While many bosses quickly cave to unions, one Pittsburgh business owner is standing up to SEIU, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Dennis Lejeck, an Army veteran, spent the last several years turning around a security business that operates in four states. He offers his employees generous benefits, doesn’t believe that SEIU would be beneficial to his […]

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Wants More Red Tape

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CrainsCurrently, industrial laundry facilities in New York City are not licensed or regulated by the City. If SEIU gets its way, they soon will be, Crain’s reports.

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Currently, industrial laundry facilities in New York City are not licensed or regulated by the City. If SEIU gets its way, they soon will be, Crain’s reports.

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Economically Illiterate

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ThePittNewsAn SEIU official made the laughable assertion that “The only thing throughout American history that has raised wages is unions.” There are a number of reasons why wages rise, not the least of which is a tight supply of labor.

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An SEIU official made the laughable assertion that “The only thing throughout American history that has raised wages is unions.” There are a number of reasons why wages rise, not the least of which is a tight supply of labor.

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More Legal Problems

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ModernHealthcareSEIU was also recently sued by Prime Healthcare, the company trying to buy the floundering hospital chain.

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SEIU was also recently sued by Prime Healthcare, the company trying to buy the floundering hospital chain.

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Sued for Thuggish Acts

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SF_Business_TimesSEIU is being sued for interfering in the process of selling a floundering chain of California hospitals. The union is accused of conspiracy and extortion, the San Francisco Business Times reports:

At least two serious bidders, Alecto Healthcare Services and Strategic Global Management, were “dissuaded” by SEIU from pursuing a deal, the lawsuit alleges.

The alleged interference cost the Los Altos Hills-based system “tens of millions of dollars in continuing operational loses and professional fees,” the lawsuit said. Also, it could possibly kill the $843 million deal that paves the way for Prime to acquire the six hospitals, invest $150 million in capital to upgrade them, and assume hundreds of millions of dollars in pension obligations, the lawsuit says…

“The complaint filed Monday chronicles the persistent and unlawful efforts of SEIU-UHW and Blue Wolf Capital Partners throughout the sale process to improperly interfere with the sale,” officials said Wednesday afternoon, in a written statement to the Business Times. “The extortionate tactics employed by the defendants have caused real and substantial harm to DCHS and (it) intends to vigorously prosecute its claims.”…

The 21-page legal filing argues that SEIU and Blue Wolf conspired together to scare away other potential bidders, with the goal of enhancing Blue Wolf’s chances of acquiring the facilities with a low-ball bid that would have allowed it to retain plenty of up-side reward without taking on much down-side risk.

Whether the SEIU-Blue Wolf partnership won the bidding war or not, the Daughters’ lawsuit contends, the alleged extortion effort by the union and the private equity firm put the hospital system’s workers, creditors and bond holders in extreme jeopardy. It says SEIU was motivated by a desire to force Prime to agree to a “neutrality agreement” at other Prime hospitals in California that would make them far easier to organize.

“Despite Blue Wolf’s plan to implement cuts aimed at workers, the SEIU defendants threw their support behind Blue Wolf out of calculated self-interest,” the suit alleges. “While the Blue Wolf plan is bad for current and former workers of DCHS — who largely support the sale to Prime — the Blue Wolf plan enriches the SEIU Defendants and positions (them) to increase their membership and revenues.”

It’s also alleged that the local SEIU president personally threatened the floundering hospital chain’s preferred buyer, the San Francisco Gate reports:

The lawsuit alleged that Dave Regan, president of United Healthcare Workers West, told Prime’s chief executive in July that Harris would not approve the sale unless Prime agreed to remain neutral, rather than opposing SEIU representation, in union elections at its other hospitals in California.

The threat was an attempt to hold Daughters of Charity “hostage” to the union’s demands on other hospitals and amounted to a “criminal act of extortion,” the lawsuit said. It did not explain how Regan supposedly knew Harris would set those terms on her approval of the sale, and her order last week did not require neutrality in union elections.

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SEIU is being sued for interfering in the process of selling a floundering chain of California hospitals. The union is accused of conspiracy and extortion, the San Francisco Business Times reports: At least two serious bidders, Alecto Healthcare Services and Strategic Global Management, were “dissuaded” by SEIU from pursuing a deal, the lawsuit alleges. The […]

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Words Have Consequences

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WisconsinReporterBruce Colbern, an SEIU official, told the media that they planned to disrupt the end of a Wisconsin legislative hearing on Right to Work. Based on the threat, the Republican chairman ended the meeting early, and Colbern complained bitterly that Republicans were “taking away workers’ voice.”

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Bruce Colbern, an SEIU official, told the media that they planned to disrupt the end of a Wisconsin legislative hearing on Right to Work. Based on the threat, the Republican chairman ended the meeting early, and Colbern complained bitterly that Republicans were “taking away workers’ voice.”

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Hypocrites

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eastbayexpressAlthough SEIU 1021 claims to oppose fracking, its pension funds are invested in oil and gas industry companies, East Bay Express reports:

By far the biggest conduit directing workers’ savings into the fossil fuel industry is the California Public Employees Retirement System. CalPERS controls the retirement savings of members of progressive Bay Area unions that have expressed opposition to fracking, such as SEIU Local 1021 and AFSCME Council 57. But CalPERS refuses to divest from the fossil fuel sector as a means of addressing environmental damage associated with fracking and climate change, and holds billions of dollars of stock in fossil fuel giants such as Exxon Mobil, Shell Oil, and the coal company Peabody Energy. CalPERS is also a major investor in private equity partnerships responsible for financing oil and gas exploration companies. For example, in 2012 CalPERS committed $400 million to the Riverstone Global Energy and Power Fund V, a limited partnership managed by Riverstone Holdings, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in energy finance. Over the past three years, Riverstone has used CalPERS money to provide growth capital to thirty oil and gas companies…

SEIU 1021 members, whose retirement plans are run by CalPERS, visited fracking sites in the Central Valley last year. A blogpost on the union’s website states that its members and staff were “horrified,” witnessing “fracking wells near agricultural fields, community gardens and elementary schools, poisoning the air and water of working class and immigrant communities, causing an epidemic of asthma and cancer.”

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Although SEIU 1021 claims to oppose fracking, its pension funds are invested in oil and gas industry companies, East Bay Express reports: By far the biggest conduit directing workers’ savings into the fossil fuel industry is the California Public Employees Retirement System. CalPERS controls the retirement savings of members of progressive Bay Area unions that […]

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Defending the Indefensible

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WGMESEIU fought to get the job back of a Maine bureaucrat who had been fired for watching porn on his state computer on state work time, WGME reports:

A review of the computer confirmed the employee “used the State owned computer and on state work time he accessed information of a sexual nature through internet websites and other social media.”

Two and half months after the initial complaint, he was fired for violating state policy, according to the report.

MSEA, SEIU Local 1989 filed a grievance saying the termination was without just cause…

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SEIU fought to get the job back of a Maine bureaucrat who had been fired for watching porn on his state computer on state work time, WGME reports: A review of the computer confirmed the employee “used the State owned computer and on state work time he accessed information of a sexual nature through internet […]

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