Expanding the Scope of its Harassment

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washington free beaconSEIU has taken its campaign of harassment against McDonald’s international. Although it has no union locals in Brazil, it gave over $300,000 of its members’ dues money last year to a law firm there that is harassing that country’s largest McDonald’s franchisee. Interestingly, SEIU pensions are invested in this same McDonald’s franchisee.

A Center for Union Facts analysis of the union’s federal filings revealed that SEIU spent more than $300,000 of its dues money aiding Piza Advogados Associados (PAA), a Brazilian law firm engaged in a campaign against McDonalds suppliers…

Richard Berman, executive director at the Center for Union Facts, told the Washington Free Beaconthat the SEIU’s multi-million dollar investment in its McDonalds campaign flies in the face of its promise to represent the interests of its members.

The report points out that SEIU “has no bargaining units” in Brazil, meaning that it is outsourcing dues money overseas—a practice the union condemns when private businesses engage in it, according to Berman.

“Employees earning three-figure paychecks would surely appreciate an explanation for the six-figure sums of money their union is sending to a Brazilian law firm,” he said…

“SEIU has begun an expensive harassment campaign against Arcos Dorados—the largest McDonald’s franchise in Brazil. The SEIU’s pension funds (CtW Investment Group) which own stock in Arcos are calling for the company to be taken off the stock exchange,” the report says…

“The Brazilian attack on McDonald’s/Arcos Dorados is a sideshow to the main event of the corporate campaign to unionize fast food. But it shows that SEIU will go to essentially the ends of the Earth in the pursuit of more compulsory union members and their money,” the report says…

Matthew Haller, spokesman for the International Franchise Association, said the overseas contributions demonstrates that SEIU is attempting to open a two-front war against McDonalds to bring it to the negotiating table.

“SEIU going global with its scorched earth tactics against franchise owners and the brands from which they license their trademarks is right out of its corporate campaign playbook to pressure employers to the bargaining table and force employees to unionize,” he said. “Paying front groups or law firms to bring meritless charges based on rhetoric rather than reality only further discredits SEIU’s ongoing attack on franchising and McDonald’s specifically.”

SEIU gave an additional $20,000 to a Brazilian union.

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