SEIU Rep Admits Fight for $15 About Unions, Not Minimum WageOn Oct 2, 2014 All Categories | Latest updates | Workers Centers
Kendall Fells, Service Employees International Union rep, admits SEIU and Fast Food Forward Fight for $15 minimum wage are really about unionizing fast food
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Just to be clear, this is not a minimum wage campaign, these fast food workers are not trying to raise minimum wage. They want to sit down with the $200 billion fast food industry and get the money out of their pockets and negotiate a union contract with them.
Fells’ comments were at a September 24th panel at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference called “Working Families Fight Back.”
As we’ve discussed before, the SEIU “Fight for $15” was never about the minimum wage, it was about pulling in more union members. By targeting fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King with illegal activity in their Fight for $15, they aren’t really trying to get higher wages for workers. In reality, they’re just trying to get more dues from new members.
Proposition 1 gives employers a break from the minimum wage, the paid sick days and other employee protections – as long as the business is unionized.
That means employers have a big incentive to cozy up with the same labor unions who pushed the idea and have contributed hundreds of thousands to the campaign. It all looks like a nice bit of self-dealing for organized labor.
That’s right- when it comes down to it, the very fast food workers the SEIU is pushing to protest and illegally act may never see the higher wages. The same union will then go to employers and convince them to unionize so they don’t have to abide by the wages they just pushed.
Ultimately, fast food workers may find themselves with less money in their pockets from involuntary dues taken from their paychecks. Meanwhile, their union status means they see none of the additional wages from the “Fight for $15”. It is clear from Kendall Fells’ statement that the SEIU’s priorities only come down to their own wages, not those of their members.