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Stealing

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everett heraldDespite a Supreme Court ruling, a politically-connected SEIU local is continuing to collect dues from people who never agreed to join the union. And, while the union collects tens of millions of dollars in dues, it does comparatively little for its members. Instead, the union spends a fortune advancing a left-wing political agenda that is contrary to the views of some members.

There are currently about 35,000 state-paid individual provider home-care aides (IPs) … across Washington state, many caring for family members. Unfortunately, thousands of these caregivers are being exploited by an aggressive labor union they want nothing to do with. A recently filed Freedom Foundation lawsuit seeks to end this mistreatment…

Even though IPs are essentially independent contractors for the state, they were put under Washington’s labor laws so the state can deduct union dues from their monthly reimbursements on SEIU’s behalf. Legally, IPs are employed by the persons receiving care, meaning there are no grievances or other traditional workplace issues for the union to deal with.

For its part, the union negotiates a new contract with the state every two years setting the Medicaid reimbursement rates for IPs, subject to legislative approval. For this limited service, SEIU 775 collects upwards of $20 million in dues each year and employs a staff of around 100…

Flush with cash and with few obligations to its members, SEIU 775 bosses spend lavishly on advancing their far-left political agenda. By its own calculations, the union spends a whopping 40 percent of its budget on political activity.

Just this year, SEIU 775 contributed $10,000 to Jesús “Chuy” García’s unsuccessful campaign to unseat Chicago “Mayor 1 Percent” Rahm Emmanuel, even though the result of a municipal election in Illinois has zero impact on caregivers in Washington…

The U.S. Supreme Court helped correct this violation of basic free speech rights last year in Harris v. Quinn by striking down SEIU’s money-making “scheme” as unconstitutional and allowing “partial public employees” around the country to cease paying dues to unions they don’t support…

Fortunately, the practice is not only outrageous but illegal. State law clearly provides that, in the absence of a “union security” provision establishing mandatory dues payment (recognized as unconstitutional by Harris), the state can only collect union fees from IPs who have provided written authorization.

 

 

 

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Despite a Supreme Court ruling, a politically-connected SEIU local is continuing to collect dues from people who never agreed to join the union. And, while the union collects tens of millions of dollars in dues, it does comparatively little for its members. Instead, the union spends a fortune advancing a left-wing political agenda that is […]

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Racketeering Case against SEIU Will Proceed

Dirty tactics

business wireA federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a racketeering case against SEIU and two of its affiliates for the second time.

In a setback for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and two local affiliates, the unions’ motion seeking dismissal of a federal RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act] suit against them has been denied.

On Oct. 10, 2012, HealthBridge Management, LLC and CareOne Management, LLC, and others jointly filed the RICO suit, claiming that the unions deemphasized traditional labor relations in favor of a coordinated corporate campaign involving extortionate threats and acts of mail and wire fraud. Late last week, a federal judge denied a motion by the SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, SEIU, 1199 (UHWE) and New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199, SEIU (NEHCEU), to dismiss the RICO suit.

This follows a decision in 2013 rejecting the UHWE and NEHCEU’s motion to dismiss the case in its entirety and allowing certain claims under RICO to proceed. The case is being heard by United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey…

In their October 2012 statement announcing the RICO suit, the two companies stressed that they have worked cooperatively with unions in the past and fully respect and embrace the collective bargaining process. They said the suit is not about collective bargaining or other traditional labor activity but instead involves what they claim is a campaign of extortionate demands and myriad unlawful tactics used against the companies by the unions.

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A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss a racketeering case against SEIU and two of its affiliates for the second time. In a setback for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and two local affiliates, the unions’ motion seeking dismissal of a federal RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act] suit against them […]

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Friends in Low Places

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workers worldSEIU stands with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

On the National Day in Solidarity with Planned Parenthood, Dec. 5, President Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees union, which lost 10 members in the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting on Dec. 2 (four were injured), posted this statement on her Facebook page: “Today I carried SEIU members in my heart to stand in vigil and solidarity with Planned Parenthood over the lives we’ve lost to senseless violence.”

She continued: “Our members — public health stewards — who lost their lives and were injured in #SanBernardino act out of the same love and commitment as the healthcare providers in Planned Parenthood health centers. Planned Parenthood and SEIU will stand stronger together today and every day forward till we end violence in all its forms in our workplaces and in our communities.”

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SEIU stands with Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. On the National Day in Solidarity with Planned Parenthood, Dec. 5, President Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees union, which lost 10 members in the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting on Dec. 2 (four were injured), posted this statement on her Facebook page: “Today I […]

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Fraud

Dirty tactics

watchdog newsFirst, SEIU tried harassing an elderly personal care assistant to get her to join their union. When that didn’t work, someone apparently forged the Minnesota woman’s signature, and the union started collecting dues from her. After she complained to SEIU that dues were being deducted from her checks without authorization, SEIU sent her a copy of an organizing card with a signature that she says is different from her own.

Home-care worker Patricia Johansen isn’t a fan of unions. Never was.

So it didn’t take much — $76.67, exactly — for the Fergus Falls grandmother to take on the Service Employees International Union.

She alleges someone signed her name on a union card authorizing dues be taken from her paycheck. The 74-year-old personal care assistant. who tends to her daughter’s two special needs children, demanded — and got — her money back.

“I called them and said I never signed any papers to join the union,” Johansen said about her first call to SEIU in St. Paul. “… And he said, ‘We have your signature right here.’ And I said, ‘Well, you need to prove it because I didn’t sign anything. You send me a copy of it.’”

Union officials sent Johansen a copy of a SEIU organizing card dated May 3, 2014, with what appears to be her signature at the bottom. The card committed Johansen to supporting an election over whether to establish a union for home-care workers and to paying dues for at least one year.

Johansen says she never saw — much less signed — any such card.

“He sent me a copy of what I supposedly signed, and it doesn’t look anything like my signature at all,” Johansen said. “I’m left-handed, the letters are all formed differently. So they didn’t have my signature. Somebody else just signed my name to it.”

SEIU organizers approached Johansen about the union election in 2014, and she turned them away.

“Before they voted to bring in the union, they came to my door twice, and I wouldn’t let them in,” Johansen said. “I just said, ‘No, I’m just not interested,’ and I wouldn’t let them come in, and then they kept calling me.”

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First, SEIU tried harassing an elderly personal care assistant to get her to join their union. When that didn’t work, someone apparently forged the Minnesota woman’s signature, and the union started collecting dues from her. After she complained to SEIU that dues were being deducted from her checks without authorization, SEIU sent her a copy […]

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Failure

Shady Lobbying

northjersey.com2Because SEIU is at war with a developer, it opposes a multifamily  development in Teaneck, New Jersey. Despite SEIU’s opposition, the township council voted to rezone the land clearing the way for the new housing.

The issue had been brewing in the township over the past month, after the council introduced the ordinance. Since then, robo calls have been made and mailers sent to residents’ homes by opponents. Much of the opposition has been backed by the Service Employees International Union, which has long had a dispute with AvalonBay…

Other residents welcomed the zone change; they said their taxes are too high and there needs to be more apartment rental options in Teaneck.

“It’s really hard to afford to live here. What you can do to mitigate that would be appreciated, from my personal perspective,” said resident Charles Whelan.

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Because SEIU is at war with a developer, it opposes a multifamily  development in Teaneck, New Jersey. Despite SEIU’s opposition, the township council voted to rezone the land clearing the way for the new housing. The issue had been brewing in the township over the past month, after the council introduced the ordinance. Since then, […]

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Dysfunctional

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in these times 3Different SEIU factions in California are advancing similar, but competing, ballot measures that could result in defeat for both sides.

SEIU-UHW already has their minimum wage initiative in the field, but the state council announced theirs anyway…

The SEIU state council’s proposed ballot measure is slightly different. It would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, one year before UHW’s (small businesses would get an extra year to increase their wages). It would also include six paid sick days per year. And they’ve partnered with the Fight for $15 movement…

Early qualification ensures a higher spot on the ballot, an important factor when there could be as many as 19 initiatives voted on in California in November 2016…

UHW has proposed a second ballot measure for 2016, which would extend 2012’s Proposition 30 income tax increases, which helped balance the California budget. This is also a duplicate; the California Teachers Association and SEIU state council have introduced their own version. Rather than the current practice of delivering the proceeds of the taxes to education, UHW’s Prop 30 extension earmarks nearly half of the annual funds for the state Medicaid program…

Having two ballot measures on functionally the same issue muddles the message and makes it difficult to explain to a normally disengaged electorate. Per state law, whatever measure passed with the most votes would take effect, so both sides would have to spend to beat their business opposition and each other.

Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog recalled a similar situation in 1996. “We had an initiative on HMO reform, SEIU did another one,” Court said. “All the insurance industry did was call us twins.” Both initiatives lost.

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Different SEIU factions in California are advancing similar, but competing, ballot measures that could result in defeat for both sides. SEIU-UHW already has their minimum wage initiative in the field, but the state council announced theirs anyway… The SEIU state council’s proposed ballot measure is slightly different. It would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour […]

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Fewer Jobs, More Foreign Aid

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enews park forestSEIU’s president, Mary Kay Henry, wants large reductions in “greenhouse gas emissions,” which would, no doubt, kill jobs and negatively impact American consumers. Henry also wants to send more of taxpayers’ money around the world for foreign aid. “[World leaders] must move beyond talk toward action with bold commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions … and that mobilize financial support for developing nations.”

enews park forest

SEIU’s president, Mary Kay Henry, wants large reductions in “greenhouse gas emissions,” which would, no doubt, kill jobs and negatively impact American consumers. Henry also wants to send more of taxpayers’ money around the world for foreign aid. “[World leaders] must move beyond talk toward action with bold commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions … […]

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Undermining Members by Supporting Amnesty

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the hillSEIU is spending its members’ money attacking Republicans to further amnesty. Of course, if millions of illegal immigrants are granted citizenship, competition for low-skill jobs will only increase and exert more downward pressure on wages.

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SEIU is spending its members’ money attacking Republicans to further amnesty. Of course, if millions of illegal immigrants are granted citizenship, competition for low-skill jobs will only increase and exert more downward pressure on wages.

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Violating Antitrust Law?

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reuters4After several years of harassment by SEIU, Prime Healthcare Services is taking its allegations against the union to federal circuit court. Prime alleges that SEIU violated antitrust law by colluding with one of the hospital chain’s main competitors.

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After several years of harassment by SEIU, Prime Healthcare Services is taking its allegations against the union to federal circuit court. Prime alleges that SEIU violated antitrust law by colluding with one of the hospital chain’s main competitors.

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Nothing Better to Do

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san francisco examinerSEIU is whining about private buses that ferry California workers to their jobs.

The Coalition for Fair, Legal and Environmental Transit, SEIU Local 1021, and citizens Sue Vaughan and Bob Planthold filed the challenge [with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors] through their attorney, Rebecca Davis. The group alleges the shuttles are low-tech, using diesel fuel which pollutes the air around city neighbors, and that they illegally use public bus stops in conflict with the California Vehicle Code.

san francisco examiner

SEIU is whining about private buses that ferry California workers to their jobs. The Coalition for Fair, Legal and Environmental Transit, SEIU Local 1021, and citizens Sue Vaughan and Bob Planthold filed the challenge [with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors] through their attorney, Rebecca Davis. The group alleges the shuttles are low-tech, using diesel […]

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