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About to Be Sued

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the oregonianThe Freedom Foundation will soon be filing suit against SEIU on behalf of home care workers forced to pay union dues. The foundation hopes to win refunds of dues involuntarily paid by these workers.

[Freedom Foundation legal counsel James] Abernathy says the foundation has set up a branch office in Salem and will hold a press conference Thursday announcing the filing of a lawsuit that it plans to turn into a class action against SEIU and Gov. Kate Brown.

The suit will charge that home care workers who did not want to join the union should be refunded “fair share” dues they paid for years to help the union represent them.  The Supreme Court ruled last year that these workers — who are not public workers but are paid through the state — cannot be forced to pay union dues.

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The Freedom Foundation will soon be filing suit against SEIU on behalf of home care workers forced to pay union dues. The foundation hopes to win refunds of dues involuntarily paid by these workers. [Freedom Foundation legal counsel James] Abernathy says the foundation has set up a branch office in Salem and will hold a […]

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Full Speed Ahead

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orange county registerEven though businesses are closing in localities that have hiked their minimum wage, SEIU is working to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour in California.

In Seattle, for instance, the $15 figure is still phasing in, but small businesses such as Z Pizza have already made the decision to shut their doors. Further down the coast in San Francisco, established restaurants like Luna Park, Source and the Abbott’s Cellar have also closed, citing the city’s minimum wage increase as a determining factor. Even in Los Angeles, where a $15 wage was just passed, clothing manufacturer 5 Thread Factory said the boost will cause them to leave the city when their lease is up.

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Even though businesses are closing in localities that have hiked their minimum wage, SEIU is working to hike the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour in California. In Seattle, for instance, the $15 figure is still phasing in, but small businesses such as Z Pizza have already made the decision to shut their doors. […]

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Harming Patients and Taxpayers

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daily beastFor years, 1199SEIU has prioritized health care jobs over the health care needs of patients. Due to its political muscle, politicians in New York are hesitant to cross the union – and taxpayers are paying the price. As a result of 1199SEIU’s power, New York has more hospitals than it needs, Medicaid costs have skyrocketed, and the sick and elderly have fewer options for avoiding institutionalization. Furthermore, although New York spends more money per capita on health care than any other state, the state’s quality of health care is significantly less than first-rate.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, New York State spent $54 billion on Medicaid in 2013, more than one-third of the state budget and the second-highest amount among the states (after California, which has nearly twice as many people).

New York spends more on Medicaid than Texas and Florida combined. The state spends so much because it enrolls so many people—6.2 million today, up from 2.7 million in 1995, during a period of near-stagnant population growth—and because it allocates Medicaid dollars using complex reimbursement formulas that favor inpatient hospitals and nursing homes—more expensive modes of health-care delivery than outpatient clinics and home care.

Favoring hospitals and nursing homes tends to favor health-care providers—including 1199 members—over patients. The goal of health-care policy should be to make people healthier, but the high price tag of New York’s health-care system has never correlated with its performance. New York ranks 19th in the nation in the quality of care, according to the Commonwealth Fund, though it spends more on a per-capita basis than any other state.

In all of its health-care policy advocacy, 1199 has held to the position that what’s good for union members is good for the public. As one issue of its monthly newsletter put it, “Saving our hospitals isn’t just about jobs, but also about healthcare for the people.” But while making health-care jobs some of the most stable and secure in New York, 1199’s advocacy efforts helped create and perpetuate an overly expensive and inefficient health-care system.

Indeed, over the last two decades, 1199 has perfected a brand of politics that allows the union to get most or all of what it wants from New York governors—either by entering into mutually beneficial alliances or by organizing to quash reform plans that might be adverse to its members…

One of 1199’s most celebrated victories came in 1999, when an extraordinary $13 million lobbying campaign persuaded lawmakers to spend over $1 billion to expand Medicaid through a program called Family Health Plus, which would extend coverage to 600,000 previously uninsured adults. The union paid its lobbying bill by redirecting money from the 1199 pension fund…

To date, then, 1199 has achieved most of its ends when it comes to health-care policy. But the union remains focused on the continuing threat of hospital closings and consolidations, which got under way after the Berger Commission, appointed by Pataki near the end of his tenure, issued a report critical of “excess capacity” in New York’s health-care delivery. The commission found that the statewide hospital-bed occupancy rate was 83 percent in 1983 and just 65 percent in 2004 and that most nursing homes operate at a loss. This problem has led to gross inefficiency and endangered the quality of care. Insolvent hospitals can’t reinvest in equipment and staff, and a system with too many hospitals disperses expertise. The commission recommended closing nine facilities and downsizing dozens more across the state. The issue is particularly acute in New York City, where eight hospitals have closed since 2007. According to a 2011 report, “[a]lmost 30 percent of Brooklyn’s hospital beds are vacant on an average day.”

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For years, 1199SEIU has prioritized health care jobs over the health care needs of patients. Due to its political muscle, politicians in New York are hesitant to cross the union – and taxpayers are paying the price. As a result of 1199SEIU’s power, New York has more hospitals than it needs, Medicaid costs have skyrocketed, […]

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Bitter

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fairfield citizenUpset with the Michigan Supreme Court for upholding the right of state employees to choose whether they wish to join a union, an SEIU official accused the court of producing a “political” decision.

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Upset with the Michigan Supreme Court for upholding the right of state employees to choose whether they wish to join a union, an SEIU official accused the court of producing a “political” decision.

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‘Brave’?!

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watchdog newsIn spite of strong evidence that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling organs from aborted babies – as well as illegally changing abortion procedures to harvest specific organs – SEIU’s president had the gall to call the abortion providers “brave.” Furthermore, SEIU’s support for Planned Parenthood isn’t only rhetorical; the union has given tens of thousands of dollars over the past several years to Planned Parenthood entities.

SEIU president Mary Kay Henry, expressed her support for Planned Parenthood and bashed Planned Parenthood’s “extremist” critics Tuesday…

SEIU’s Tuesday news release did not address the content of sting videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted body parts, although the third video in the series was released that morning.

SEIU gave Planned Parenthood $20,000 for “sponsorships” in 2014. In 2013, SEIU gave Planned Parenthood Federation of America $25,000 and paid Planned Parenthood Action Fund $40,000.

In 2012, SEIU reported a $10,000 payment to Planned Parenthood Action Fund as “support for political advocacy.”

If you’re an SEIU member and you’re disgusted that your union would use your money to support abortion in this way, you can request a dues refund, or you may be able to have your dues sent to a charity.

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In spite of strong evidence that Planned Parenthood is illegally selling organs from aborted babies – as well as illegally changing abortion procedures to harvest specific organs – SEIU’s president had the gall to call the abortion providers “brave.” Furthermore, SEIU’s support for Planned Parenthood isn’t only rhetorical; the union has given tens of thousands […]

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Disregarding a Prominent Liberal Economist’s Advice

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orange county registerSEIU is advocating for a $15-an-hour statewide minimum wage in California, which is significantly higher than a prominent liberal economist thinks is prudent for less-affluent areas in the state.

Don’t take my word for it. Ask Dr. Arin Dube of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, one of the country’s foremost academic proponents of a higher minimum wage. His research has been cited by the White House in support of President Obama’s call to raise the federal minimum wage, and it’s been used by unions and wage advocates across the country in support of their goals. In a paper last year for the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, he suggested that states and cities should set their minimum wage to half of the hourly full-time median wage to maximize the benefit and minimize the harm.

Statewide in California, this equates to just over $10 an hour – which happens to be the wage level that the state is already adopting next January. But in some of the state’s poorer metro areas, even $10 an hour looks radical. In lower-income cities like Bakersfield, Fresno, Chico and Merced, a minimum wage of half the median wage would suggest a wage floor much closer to the current federal minimum level of $7.25, rather than the $15 figure supported by the SEIU. And in impoverished areas like El Centro – where even the median wage is below $15 an hour – a $15 ballot measure wouldn’t just be a job-killer, but an economy-destroyer.

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SEIU is advocating for a $15-an-hour statewide minimum wage in California, which is significantly higher than a prominent liberal economist thinks is prudent for less-affluent areas in the state. Don’t take my word for it. Ask Dr. Arin Dube of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, one of the country’s foremost academic proponents of a higher minimum […]

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High Price of Hiking the Minimum Wage

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daily caller 2According to a new report by American Action Forum and the Manhattan Institute, hiking the minimum wage nationally to $12-$15 an hour — as SEIU is demanding — would hurt the poor and cost millions of jobs.

The report, titled, “Counterproductive: The Employment and Income Effects of Raising America’s Minimum Wage to $12 and to $15 per Hour,” looked at income, employment and the impact on the workers themselves. In each category, the report finds increasing the minimum wage to $12 or $15 an hour is likely to result in adverse consequences. For income, the report argues, raising the minimum wage will actually lower total national income levels.

“The earnings gained for those who would keep their jobs would be outweighed by the earnings lost by those who would become jobless,” the report detailed. “As a result, the net income gains tend to be smaller or more negative when using the annual earnings approach than when using the wage approach.”

Likewise, when it comes to employment, the report found problems well. The reason total income levels fall on the national level is because there are less jobs opportunities. This is because the increased costs of labor under an increased minimum wage makes businesses less likely to hire as many employees.

“While a minimum-wage hike would benefit millions of workers with higher earnings, it would also hurt millions of others who would lose earnings because they cannot attain or retain a job,” the report argued. “Our estimates show that raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 would affect 38.3 million low-wage workers.”

Finally, for the workers themselves, the report argues low skilled and entry level workers will be the ultimate victims. Such workers will be the least likely to keep or get a job under such a policy. This is because they don’t have the skills to be able to make the business as much money as an more skilled worker could in an hour. Such an outcome will be particularly troublesome considering such workers are usually the ones minimum wage increases are supposed to help…

“We estimate that 3.3 million to 16.8 million fewer low-wage jobs would exist in 2020 if policymakers increased the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour,” the report also noted.

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According to a new report by American Action Forum and the Manhattan Institute, hiking the minimum wage nationally to $12-$15 an hour — as SEIU is demanding — would hurt the poor and cost millions of jobs. The report, titled, “Counterproductive: The Employment and Income Effects of Raising America’s Minimum Wage to $12 and to $15 per […]

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Pathetic Protest

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inside higher edSEIU helped organize a protest against ITT Tech. Although organizers promised that the protest would include “former educators and ITT students,” the barely-attended protest only drew one former student – who had only attended ITT Tech for about six weeks. Even more embarrassingly, this protest occurred less than three miles from the headquarters of SEIU’s national organization, which employs hundreds of staffers.

Higher Ed, Not Debt is a nonprofit advocacy group with a focus on for-profit colleges. It joined with the Service Employees International Union and Student Debt Action to organize a Monday protest outside the annual shareholder meeting of ITT Educational Services Inc., which owns ITT Tech, an embattled for-profit chain that is facing federal fraud charges and various other state and federal lawsuits.

Inside Higher Ed reported on the demonstration in Arlington, Va., which featured about 20 protesters. A news release Higher Ed, Not Debt distributed before the event said “former educators and ITT students” would attend. At the demonstration, an official with the group told a reporter that multiple students who had attended ITT were there.

However, only one former ITT student attended, the group later disclosed. The former student, Anthony Byrd, said he attended an ITT campus for about six weeks. Inside Higher Ed was not able to confirm those details, as Byrd refused to grant a waiver from federal student privacy rules that would have allowed ITT to release details about his time at the school.

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SEIU helped organize a protest against ITT Tech. Although organizers promised that the protest would include “former educators and ITT students,” the barely-attended protest only drew one former student – who had only attended ITT Tech for about six weeks. Even more embarrassingly, this protest occurred less than three miles from the headquarters of SEIU’s […]

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In Spite of Scandal, SEIU Supports Planned Parenthood

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daily caller 2In spite of shocking videos which appear to show that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts from babies it has aborted, SEIU continues to stand by the organization, which is the nation’s largest abortion provider.

On July 14 a video surfaced showing a Planned Parenthood employee casually discussing, over a salad, how the organization harvests fetus organs after an abortion. The video became just the first in a series of footage that prompted a national backlash. With renewed calls to end its federal funding, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is now stepping up to defend the group.

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In spite of shocking videos which appear to show that Planned Parenthood is selling body parts from babies it has aborted, SEIU continues to stand by the organization, which is the nation’s largest abortion provider. On July 14 a video surfaced showing a Planned Parenthood employee casually discussing, over a salad, how the organization harvests fetus organs […]

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Soak the Rich

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boston globeSEIU is trying to hike Massachusetts’ top income tax rate to one of the highest in the country.

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SEIU is trying to hike Massachusetts’ top income tax rate to one of the highest in the country.

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