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Depends upon Your Definition of “Bipartisan”

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concord monitorAn SEIU local president laughably claims that his organization is bipartisan. “Ordinarily, our organization is bipartisan.” Of course, his union routinely endorses Democrats.

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An SEIU local president laughably claims that his organization is bipartisan. “Ordinarily, our organization is bipartisan.” Of course, his union routinely endorses Democrats.

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Money for Nothing

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news-gazetteAn Illinois child care provider tells the story about how she started her day care business and, years later, was forced to join SEIU under corrupt Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich. Once the Supreme Court ruled she didn’t have to continue paying SEIU, she quit the union; and, because union membership did nothing for her, it hasn’t cost her anything.

In 1989, I worked as an accountant for the Marathon Pipeline company in Martinsville. I had two small children, and like many mothers, I was torn between my career and wanting to spend time with my family.

So I left my job and opened my own day care business, which allowed me to continue bringing home a paycheck while spending time with my kids…

In 2006, now-imprisoned Gov. Rod Blagojevich forced thousands of Illinois day care providers to either join or pay money to the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU for “representation.” The SEIU — a politically-charged, government union — made millions from day care providers who care for children from low-income families and receive state subsidies for child care. Because I cared for children in this state program, I was told that made me a state employee and I should pay money to a union. If I didn’t pay up, then I wouldn’t be allowed to care for children from families who rely on state assistance for child care.

I didn’t want to turn away children, so I had no choice but to pay the SEIU.

I didn’t understand how paying money to the SEIU benefited me. I was told that the union improved my working conditions and increased my pay. But I owned my own business, my working conditions were set by me, and my pay was what I decided to charge the families I helped…

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling in a case that originated in Illinois, called Harris v. Quinn. This ruling made the state’s attempts to force-unionize day care providers illegal…

After the court’s ruling, I wrote a letter to former Gov. Pat Quinn to stop the state from forcing me to pay the union…

Opting out of the union was the right decision for me. It didn’t impact my health insurance eligibility or decrease my pay.

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An Illinois child care provider tells the story about how she started her day care business and, years later, was forced to join SEIU under corrupt Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich. Once the Supreme Court ruled she didn’t have to continue paying SEIU, she quit the union; and, because union membership did nothing for her, it […]

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Moody’s Issues Warning

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daily caller 2Moody’s has issued a report warning of the repercussions of dramatically hiking the minimum wage as SEIU wishes to do.

Raising the minimum wage will have severe consequences, especially for those working in the restaurant industry, investor rating service Moody’s warned on Thursday.

“A higher minimum wage represents a particular challenge for restaurants, which depend heavily on hourly workers,” William Fahy, vice president and senior credit officer for Moody’s, said in a statement. “But restaurant operators will have a tough time passing higher labor costs onto customers without negatively impacting traffic.”

The increased cost of labor will likely cause higher costs to customers, which as Fahy noted, would be bad for restaurants trying to maintain profits. The restaurant industry tends to have a low profit margin, so a decrease in the flow of customers could be severe. Restaurants could also cut hours or the number of employees they have while relying more on computers to service customers. Some restaurants may even be forced to close.

The Moody’s report also showed the minimum wage doesn’t even have to go up to $15 an hour for negative effects to occur. For instance, if the minimum wage went to $10.10 from the current $7.25 an hour margins, casual dining could fall around two points…

From rallies to media marketing campaigns, Fight for $15 has led much of the effort to raise the minimum wage in the past year. Though claiming to be a grassroots workers movement, evidence has shown the group is a front for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Some have even accused the union, with video evidence, of paying people to be protesters…

Seattle and San Francisco, which led the way in passing a $15 minimum wage, have already seen some businesses have to close because of the increased cost of labor. Nonprofits in Los Angeles, the most recent city to pass a $15 minimum wage, also have reported problems as well.

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Moody’s has issued a report warning of the repercussions of dramatically hiking the minimum wage as SEIU wishes to do. Raising the minimum wage will have severe consequences, especially for those working in the restaurant industry, investor rating service Moody’s warned on Thursday. “A higher minimum wage represents a particular challenge for restaurants, which depend heavily on […]

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No Thanks

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ibd4A Pennsylvania caregiver, Don Lambrecht, and the disabled friend he cares for, David Smith, are suing to prevent union interference with their working arrangements. To pay back union supporters, Democrat Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order allowing a coalition of SEIU and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees to unionize home companions. Lambrecht has cared for Smith for over two decades, and neither wishes to follow whatever work rules the union would negotiate with the governor. A state judge has issued an injunction preventing the state from negotiating an agreement until the case is resolved.

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A Pennsylvania caregiver, Don Lambrecht, and the disabled friend he cares for, David Smith, are suing to prevent union interference with their working arrangements. To pay back union supporters, Democrat Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order allowing a coalition of SEIU and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees to unionize home […]

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Opposes Good-Paying Jobs

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seiu local 6SEIU wants to kill jobs by opposing drilling in the Arctic Ocean. SEIU Local 6 signed onto the following statement:

The above labor unions, which represent over 60,000 workers in various industries across Washington State, declare our opposition to Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling in our Arctic waters and the use of our Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 as their staging site… We hope that adding our voice encourages others to join the Shell No! Movement. At the same time we declare our support for a strong climate policy at the state, regional and national level to reduce our global warming pollution and ensure that as we reduce this pollution we do so with equitable transition at its core.

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SEIU wants to kill jobs by opposing drilling in the Arctic Ocean. SEIU Local 6 signed onto the following statement: The above labor unions, which represent over 60,000 workers in various industries across Washington State, declare our opposition to Royal Dutch Shell’s drilling in our Arctic waters and the use of our Port of Seattle’s […]

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Supporting an Unrepentant Terrorist

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liberationSEIU helped organize a march demanding that Oscar Lopez Rivera, an unrepentant communist terrorist from Puerto Rico, be freed from prison. In 1999, Bill Clinton offered him clemency if he would renounce terrorism, but Rivera rejected the offer. Overwhelming bipartisan majorities on both houses of Congress opposed the clemency offer.

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SEIU helped organize a march demanding that Oscar Lopez Rivera, an unrepentant communist terrorist from Puerto Rico, be freed from prison. In 1999, Bill Clinton offered him clemency if he would renounce terrorism, but Rivera rejected the offer. Overwhelming bipartisan majorities on both houses of Congress opposed the clemency offer.

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Unions Assist Labor Department with Absurd Regulations

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alg foia filesFor decades, companions who sit with the elderly and infirm have been exempt from overtime and the minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In 2013, Obama’s Department of Labor issued new regulations determining which companions would continue to be exempt from the minimum wage and overtime. These new regulations exceeded what Congress had intended when it passed the legislation, and the regulations were so complex that young and healthy people would have struggled to determine who was exempt, much less the elderly and infirm.

Just how bad were the new regulations? Companions would have been limited in how many times they could help an elderly person change their clothes. Companions would have been unable to use a vacuum cleaner if an infirm person were to create a safety hazard by spilling food on the floor. Companions would have been unable to prepare food for anyone other than the elderly person they were caring for, and any food that they did prepare would have had to have been consumed in their presence. If these rules weren’t exactly followed, then the companion would have to have been paid more.

Because taxpayers, through Medicare and Medicaid, pay for the vast majority of the care provided by companions, it could be expected that the costs for those programs – which are already increasing rapidly — would rise. Furthermore, it’s quite likely that some elderly or infirm people would be unable to pay their portion of costs for companion care. And it’s quite likely that some sick people would have had to suffer alone or with a reduction in needed care. Perhaps they would have had to remain in soiled clothes for hours or have missed a meal thanks to these regulations.

And who helped the Labor Department with planning for these absurd rules? Unions – the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Association of Federal, State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Americans for Limited Government, the U.S. Department of Labor turned over a stack of documents showing how these unions are colluding with the Department on this subject.

On January 9, 2014, a senior SEIU staffer emailed a 60-page memo on large home care programs likely to be affected by the new companionship regulation to a list of senior Department of Labor officials and other union officials from SEIU and AFSCME. Also included was a 10-page chart summarizing the memo.

Carol Golubock (SEIU’s Policy Director) sent these reports to Laura McClintock (Associate Deputy Secretary of Labor), Michael Artz (Associate General Counsel with AFSCME), Sally Tyler (Senior Health Policy Analyst with AFSCME), Mary Beth Maxwell (then-Deputy Chief of Staff at the Labor Department), Patricia Smith (Department of Labor Solicitor), Malvina Ford (sic) (Senior Policy Advisor for the Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division), Jennifer Brand (Associate Solicitor for Fair Labor Standards), Ryan Griffin (an attorney with James & Hoffman, who was working on an FLSA case against McDonalds around this time period), Laura Fortman (Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division), and Elizabeth Royal (SEIU Senior Policy Coordinator).

It appears that this information had been requested by one or more of the recipients: SEIU’s Golubock wrote,

“I didn’t imagine it would take us this long to get you this mapping of large home care programs likely to be impacted by the new companionship rule, but gathering and checking the information took much longer than we had anticipated… Thank you all for your patience and hope this proves to be helpful.”

Shortly before guidance on the new companionship regulation was issued, Golubock set up a meeting to discuss the issue with an employee of the Office of the Secretary of Labor. On March 5, 2014, Golubock emailed the following to Mary Beth Maxwell (who took over as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy that month): “Are we on for Friday? To discuss companionship rule?” Maxwell responded, “Yes!” less than a half-hour later.

So complex were the regulations that the Obama Administration announced that it wouldn’t bother to enforce them for the first six months after they were to take effect. Fortunately, the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia blocked the regulations. However, the case is now on appeal and so final resolution of the issue will not happen for some time.

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For decades, companions who sit with the elderly and infirm have been exempt from overtime and the minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In 2013, Obama’s Department of Labor issued new regulations determining which companions would continue to be exempt from the minimum wage and overtime. These new regulations exceeded what Congress had […]

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Lobbying Rome

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national catholic reporterSEIU spent members’ money to lobby Vatican officials to get the pope to advocate for liberal policies in the US.

Organized by the national faith-based action network [and George Soros-funded] PICO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the leaders are meeting with four pontifical councils, the head of two pontifical academies, leadership of two global religious orders, and the executive director of Caritas Internationalis.

Among the key issues they are asking officials to advise the pope to consider discussing with President Barack Obama or during his address to Congress: immigration reform, economic injustice for low-wage workers, pervasive racism in U.S. institutions and society, and mass incarceration.

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SEIU spent members’ money to lobby Vatican officials to get the pope to advocate for liberal policies in the US. Organized by the national faith-based action network [and George Soros-funded] PICO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the leaders are meeting with four pontifical councils, the head of two pontifical academies, leadership of two […]

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Steep Decline

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capconIn a report filed almost two months late, the effect of Michigan no longer allowing SEIU to skim dues from home-based caregivers is clear. Now that caregivers (many of whom are relatives or friends of the people they care for) have a choice, union revenue has dropped by more than 50% and union membership has dropped by over 80%.

The union that exploited Michigan’s home-based caregivers for the best part of a decade has seen its revenue tumble since the scheme that enabled the exploitation ended. SEIU Healthcare Michigan reported $5,398,383 in dues and fees in 2014. That’s just 48 percent of the $11,307,314 it reported for 2012, the last full year during which the union’s dues skim was in place.

The information was contained in a financial disclosure report the union submitted to the federal government 57 days after the March 31 deadline it is apparently required to meet. The disclosure finally took place shortly after Michigan Capitol Confidential brought the absence of the report to the attention of the federal Office of Labor-Management Standards.

The roots of the dues skim reach back to the mid-2000s when SEIU moved to grab a share of the benefit checks of Michigan residents enrolled in the Medicaid Home Help program, which lets elderly and disabled individuals receive care in their homes. The operation involved creating a pretext to unionize the caregivers, and on that basis have union dues and fees “skimmed” from the Medicaid checks of the program’s homebound beneficiaries. The unseemliness was aggravated by the fact that most of the caregivers were friends and relatives of those receiving care.

In 2005, during the administration of [Democrat] Gov. Jennifer Granholm, SEIU was allowed to carry out the forced unionization scheme by creating a dummy employer and executing a stealth mail-in union certification election. The operation went on from 2006 until its state contract ended on Feb. 28, 2013. Overall, the scheme poured more than $34 million into the union’s coffers…

The headline number in the 2014 report is the impact of terminating the dues skim on the union’s revenue and membership. Here are the relevant figures going back as far back as records are available:

  • 2008: Dues and Fees — $10,497,917; Membership 53,533
  • 2009: Dues and Fees — $10,871,481; Membership 57,239
  • 2010: Dues and Fees — $11,508,410, Membership 56,972
  • 2011: Dues and Fees — $11,974,000; Membership 55,359
  • 2012: Dues and Fees — $11,307,314; Membership 55,265
  • 2013: Dues and Fees — $7,119,322; Membership 10,918
  • 2014 Dues and Fees — $5,398,383; Membership 10,728
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In a report filed almost two months late, the effect of Michigan no longer allowing SEIU to skim dues from home-based caregivers is clear. Now that caregivers (many of whom are relatives or friends of the people they care for) have a choice, union revenue has dropped by more than 50% and union membership has dropped […]

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“Unreasonable”

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las vegas review-journalFollowing enactment of a new law in Nevada, an SEIU local president has been ordered to return to work. The union boss is a county employee who has been paid by the county to do union work. The union finds it “unreasonable” that the county now expects the union boss to do the job that taxpayers pay him to do.

Clark County management has ordered Martin Bassick, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, to report for work at a county job in a move that reflects the county’s interpretation of a new state lawconcerning paid leave for union representatives.

The county’s human resources department notified Bassick in a letter Thursday to report at his county public works job at 8 a.m. Monday, according to correspondence obtained by the Review-Journal. The letter cites a bill that the Legislature passed this session and Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law

“I just received this letter out of the blue,” Bassick said, adding that no one from the county talked to him before he received it…

Under the county’s contract with the SEIU, the union president is allowed to be on full-time paid leave from his county job to focus on union-related duties. During that time, the county covers the union president’s paycheck and benefits…

Senate Bill 241 changed that system, leaving a couple other options. Under the new law, if an employee goes on paid leave for union-related work, the labor organization must reimburse the government employer for that pay. Another option is for the government employer to provide paid union leave, but only after the union makes a concession during contract negotiations that’s financially equal to the costs of the leave…

In a letter to the county Friday, SEIU attorney Michael Urban said the county’s letter demanding Bassick’s return to the county workplace is “unreasonable,” and that nothing in the legislation applies to existing agreements.

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Following enactment of a new law in Nevada, an SEIU local president has been ordered to return to work. The union boss is a county employee who has been paid by the county to do union work. The union finds it “unreasonable” that the county now expects the union boss to do the job that […]

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