Breaking the Law?On May 9, 2016 Latest updates
Did SEIU break the law by misusing funds?
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of the most politically active unions at 1.9 million members. Federal law restricts how union funds are spent regarding politics and requires unions to disclose financial transactions. SEIU was allegedly able to ignore requirements and funnel $1,133,407 into its front-group Wisconsin Jobs Now (WJN).
SEIU’s contributions to WJN were listed as union administration costs meaning, it includes nonpolitical fees. WJN is a political group that doesn’t have to disclose its expenditures since it files as an independent tax-exempt public charity and not a labor union.
WJN has endorsed political candidates and held numerous rallies. It organized a protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and supports the Black Lives Matter movement. It has engaged in numerous political activities that nonpolitical fees could not legally go to.
The local SEIU committee and WJN are essentially controlled by the same people as well. Local Chapter President Michael Lauer and Vice President Jennifer Epps-Addison have served executive positions at WJN. Epps-Addison resigned her post in September, 2015. SEIU, its local committee and WJN did not respond to a request for comment by TheDCNF.