SEIU Forces Itself on Workers

SEIU forced itself onto workers at a New York hospital, who had opposed unionization. In a backroom deal, Northwell Health agreed to unionize the workers without even holding a vote, and SEIU even started grabbing money from the paychecks of the workers.

Unfortunately for SEIU, an assistant physical therapist, Kathleen Flanagan, filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Flanagan was pushed into early retirement as a result of the backroom agreement between company and union officials to impose unionization on her department. If she had remained an employee, she would have been required to accept union representation, pay union fees, and accept a reduction in benefits.

At a mandatory union orientation, a SEIU 1199 union official unlawfully told the workers they were required to join the union, and therefore pay full union dues…

 

Facing the prospect of paying union fees for worse benefits, it’s no surprise that Flanagan didn’t support the union. Why would anyone agree to pay union dues or fees for worse benefits?

Flanagan filed her NLRB complaint with assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation. To settle her complaint, the company agreed to stop recognizing the union as the workers’ representative, and SEIU will have to refund the dues money that it did collect. In the future, maybe SEIU should spend more time finding ways to help its members and less time scheming to try to force people to join and pay dues.

 

SEIU forced itself onto workers at a New York hospital, who had opposed unionization. In a backroom deal, Northwell Health agreed to unionize the workers without even holding a vote, and SEIU even started grabbing money from the paychecks of the workers. Unfortunately for SEIU, an assistant physical therapist, Kathleen Flanagan, filed an unfair labor practice complaint with […]

SEIU Is No One’s Friend

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful unions in the country. Unfortunately, because SEIU is exploitative, fundamentally dishonest, and unethical, it’s also one of the last organizations anyone should ever want on their side.

For example, one of the ways that SEIU manages to collect over $300 million a year is by skimming union dues off of the Medicaid checks that are sent to provide care for sick and disabled people. Most of the home health care providers receiving these checks never asked SEIU to “represent” them, but rather had the union imposed on them. In fact, many of these caregivers have tried to leave the union, but SEIU has schemed and fought to keep collecting their dues money.

In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that home health care providers cannot be forced to join or pay fees to a union. In the wake of this decision, the right-leaning Freedom Foundation began working to notify Washington State caregivers that they could opt out of paying union dues. Unwilling to let its members leave without a fight, SEIU went to war with the nonprofit foundation. One of the shady tactics that SEIU employed was lawfare – filing frivolous lawsuits to waste the foundation’s time and resources.

Finally, SEIU decided to launch a ballot measure to prevent the Freedom Foundation from obtaining the contact information of caregivers who were receiving Medicaid checks. But rather than have a fair and honest debate, SEIU cleverly disguised the measure as one intended to protect the elderly from identity theft and consumer fraud. Although newspaper editorial boards overwhelmingly opposed SEIU’s ballot measure, the measure passed by a wide margin due to SEIU’s trickery.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2012, SEIU was accused of trying to sabotage a nursing home by mixing up the name plates of Alzheimers patients and removing stickers that indicated dietary restrictions. In 2014, SEIU stole the personal information of county government workers in California in an effort to poach union members from a rival union. In 2015, SEIU members abandoned mental patients to strike for higher wages. In 2016, it was reported that two Minnesota women alleged that someone forged their signature on forms authorizing SEIU dues deductions from Medicaid checks.

Last summer, SEIU finally settled with Professional Janitorial Service, a company in Texas. The union had unfairly and maliciously attacked the company causing it to lose clients. After nearly a decade in the courts, the company had won a $7.8 million judgment against SEIU.

SEIU has also been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment. Over the last several months, three SEIU employees have been fired, two resigned, and another was suspended. Of these six employees, two were SEIU executive vice presidents, another was the national organizing director for SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign, and two more were leaders of Fight for $15 campaigns in Chicago and Detroit.

One of the most disturbing cases involved Pedro Malave, an SEIU organizer in the Boston area. The sexual assault allegations against him were serious, credible, and disgusting, and he eventually left the SEIU local where he had been working. But SEIU refused to tell his accuser, another SEIU employee, whether Malave had been fired or allowed to resign. Several months after leaving the SEIU local, Malave showed up working for an SEIU-affiliated organization. Subsequently, he went to work for two other SEIU locals on the West Coast. Only after the allegations surfaced in the media was Malave fired—over three years after SEIU was first told of his assaults. Even after the firing, Hector Figueroa, an SEIU local president, tried to excuse the fact that Malave had been rehired.

As if all that weren’t bad enough, there have also been tens of thousands of charges filed against SEIU with the National Labor Relations Board—including over 4,200 charges of coercive actions, over 2,300 charges of coercive statements, and over 750 charges of coercion.

Given SEIU’s influence and its appalling record, its actions should be closely scrutinized; and its recent efforts to worm its way into the disabled community should be questioned. Although SEIU has immense wealth, it’s only offering crumbs to disability organizations. So what does SEIU propose to do for the disabled? Is it going to train them? Is it going to hire them? Or is SEIU just looking for another group to prey upon? The disabled community deserves answers.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful unions in the country. Unfortunately, because SEIU is exploitative, fundamentally dishonest, and unethical, it’s also one of the last organizations anyone should ever want on their side. For example, one of the ways that SEIU manages to collect over $300 […]

Congress: End Medicaid Funding for SEIU

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the nation’s largest unions, has been filling its coffers with Medicaid dollars for years. With the help of Democrat politicians, SEIU has been raking in tens of millions of dollars each year by skimming dues off the top of Medicaid checks sent to personal care assistants, who care for Medicaid recipients in their homes. Congress should act swiftly to end this diversion of taxpayer funds.

Typically, unions are paid to negotiate and enforce contracts between employees and management. But with personal care assistants, having a union makes little sense. Personal care assistants are “employed” by the person they care for – often their own child, or another relative, or a friend. Personal care assistants do not work for the state or the federal government. And it’s not like SEIU sits down with each Medicaid patient and bargains with them over smoking breaks, time off, and benefits on behalf of each personal care assistant. Nor does SEIU make house calls to ensure that the Medicaid beneficiary is following the contract. With SEIU doing so little for these caregivers, why should they have to pay hundreds of dollars a year in dues to the union?

Because the union has so little work to do for personal care assistants, it has more time to pursue its out-of-touch, leftist agenda. Among other things, the union supports illegal immigration, huge tax increases, and more foreign aid to fight climate change, but it has opposed well-paying construction jobs and energy jobs. Appallingly, SEIU advocated for the US government to release a Cuban spy and an unrepentant terrorist. In spite of controversy surrounding the nation’s largest abortion provider – Planned Parenthood – SEIU has continued to stand with the organization and has given it tens of thousands of dollars over the years.

The president of SEIU, Mary Kay Henry, has long been aware that the union is politically out of step with many of its members noting that 20% of the union’s members are independents and about 30% of members vote Republican. Yet, according to the Center for Union Facts, 90% of SEIU’s political expenditures at the federal level go to Democrats.

Setting politics aside, SEIU has a long record of sleazy and scandalous behavior. For example, SEIU has a policy of refusing to recognize dues opt-out forms outside of arbitrary windows of time that allows it to continue collecting dues even after a member resigns, as an Oregon woman learned.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Over the years, there have been thousands of charges filed against SEIU with the National Labor Relations Board – including over 4,200 charges of coercive actions, over 2,300 charges of coercive statements, and over 750 charges of coercion.

The media has also reported on a number of shocking allegations against the SEIU. In 2012, SEIU was accused of trying to sabotage a nursing home by mixing up the name plates of Alzheimers patients and removing stickers that indicated dietary restrictions. In 2014, SEIU stole the personal information of county government workers in California in an effort to poach union members from a rival union. In 2015, SEIU members abandoned mental patients to strike for higher wages. Last year, the Washington Examiner reported on two Minnesota women who alleged that someone forged their signature on forms authorizing SEIU dues deductions from Medicaid checks. Earlier this year, SEIU finally settled with a Texas janitorial company that the union had unfairly and maliciously attacked. The company had won a multimillion-dollar judgment against SEIU.

This rogue organization does not deserve one dime from taxpayers. Fortunately, Congress can stop this insanity by attaching a rider to the next budget prohibiting the deduction of union dues from Medicaid checks. If SEIU members find the union is valuable to them, then they can voluntarily pay dues to the union. But no one – especially the kind souls tending to the sick or elderly – should be compelled to pay dues to a union that they oppose. Given all of the dirty, despicable things that SEIU has been doing in recent years, cutting off a source of its funding should be a particularly easy decision for Congress to make.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the nation’s largest unions, has been filling its coffers with Medicaid dollars for years. With the help of Democrat politicians, SEIU has been raking in tens of millions of dollars each year by skimming dues off the top of Medicaid checks sent to personal care assistants, who […]

SEIU Tried Bullying the Oregon Legislature

Last year, the Service Employees International Union spent over $5 million trying to get a ballot measure passed that would have imposed a huge tax hike on businesses in Oregon. Measure 97 would have increased taxes on businesses’ gross sales, not their profits, by $3 billion each year.

According to the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Revenue Office, the tax hike would have cost jobs and would have been regressive impacting less-affluent residents more heavily than the affluent. Because the corporate tax hike would have likely been passed on to customers in the form of higher costs for food, clothing, medicine, and utilities, among other things, the measure would have created a hidden sales tax. If approved, the measure would have increased state revenues by approximately 25%; this massive tax hike would have been the largest in the state’s history.

Unsurprisingly, the measure was opposed by many businesses, both large and small, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and the Wall Street Journal. Some of the largest newspapers in the state also opposed it. One of these papers, the Corvallis Gazette-Times wrote, “We recommend a ‘no’ vote on this poorly conceived measure, which will end up costing Oregon consumers.” Fortunately, Measure 97 was soundly defeated at the polls last November 59%-41% with 34 of the state’s 36 counties opposing it.

Rather than accept that Oregonians just aren’t interested in enacting a hidden sales tax, SEIU continued its efforts to hike corporate taxes. This time, SEIU tried to pressure the state legislature to impose the tax hike.

After failing to reach a consensus on new transportation funding in 2015, Oregon legislators tried again this past legislative session. (Eventually, they passed legislation hiking taxes and fees; these tax and fee increases are expected to raise over $5 billion dollars over the next decade to fund transportation improvements, which will provide jobs for unionized construction workers.) SEIU claimed to support this legislation; but, late in the legislative session, SEIU threatened to submit the legislation to voters and try to get voters to overturn it — if legislators wouldn’t cave and also impose SEIU’s corporate tax.

Even Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat who supported SEIU’s tax-hiking ballot measure last year, disagreed with SEIU’s ploy. In reference to SEIU’s threats, Brown stated, “I do not support those tactics.” She went on to say that “she is ‘opposed to this type of strategy’ in this instance and described it as ‘cutting off your nose to spite your face.’” Brown’s opposition to SEIU’s tactics is all the more surprising given the fact that one SEIU local was her second largest contributor in last year’s election.

Why was SEIU so bent on hiking corporate taxes, in spite of the costs to consumers, workers, and business owners? Because their union bosses want more money for the government, more government workers, more SEIU members, and more money from dues. And in its quest for money and power, SEIU clearly doesn’t care how many people oppose its tax on businesses and consumers.

In the end, SEIU’s threats failed to sway legislators, and SEIU backed down agreeing not to try to get voters to scuttle the transportation funding plan. Maybe SEIU should leave the legislating to the legislators, stop wasting its members’ dues money on political games, and focus instead on representing its members. After all, Oregon legislators have demonstrated that they are perfectly capable of hiking taxes; they don’t need any more ideas from SEIU on how to soak taxpayers.

Last year, the Service Employees International Union spent over $5 million trying to get a ballot measure passed that would have imposed a huge tax hike on businesses in Oregon. Measure 97 would have increased taxes on businesses’ gross sales, not their profits, by $3 billion each year. According to the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Revenue […]

Large Oregon Paper Questions SEIU’s Actions

 The largest newspaper in Oregon is questioning SEIU’s decision to continue collecting dues from a woman who has resigned from the union. Although the union will start accepting dues at any time, there is only a two-week window each year during which the union will allow members to revoke their authorization for the collection of dues.

One such [home care] worker is [Maryann] Rose, who in February 2014 – months before the Supreme Court’s decision – signed an SEIU membership application that permits the deduction of dues from her paycheck, according to a federal lawsuit filed on her behalf last week by the Freedom Foundation. So far, no problem. But the application contained a provision making the deduction authorization “irrevocable for a period of one year from the date of execution and from year to year thereafter.” To revoke her authorization, Rose was required to send the union a written notice during a 15-day window that opened only once per year on the anniversary of her authorization’s execution.

Given the ease of signing up for membership and the difficulty of stopping dues payments, you have to wonder whether the SEIU consulted the playbook used by people who peddle cell-phone contracts. Or maybe it’s the other way around.

…Harris v. Quinn gave home care workers like Rose the ability to save money by canceling their union memberships and ceasing dues payments. And that’s exactly what Rose tried to do, according to the suit, which was filed in federal court Friday.

In November 2015, Rose sent the union a letter resigning her membership and asking that deductions for dues cease. She received a letter from the union in December confirming the resignation of her membership in SEIU. However, the letter continued, “deduction of dues will continue until such time as you revoke the dues check off authorization you signed … in the manner and in the time periods set out in that authorization.”

According to Freedom Foundation attorney Nick Dagostino, the deductions had not ceased as of early February, notwithstanding the fact that Rose is no longer a member of the union. This behavior is illegal, he argues. If unions may not collect fees in lieu of dues from nonmembers, why would it be OK for them to collect dues from nonmembers?

Heather Conroy, executive director of SEIU Local 503, declined in an email to discuss the lawsuit, except to call the Freedom Foundation “an organization dedicated to dismantling unions like SEIU” and to dismiss its chances in court.

Time will tell whether Conroy’s legal prognostication is correct, but her union’s treatment of Rose (and, according to Dagostino, many other workers like her) speaks volumes about its respect for the very workers it represents. Shouldn’t it be just as easy to quit a union and stop paying dues as it is to join and start?

 

 The largest newspaper in Oregon is questioning SEIU’s decision to continue collecting dues from a woman who has resigned from the union. Although the union will start accepting dues at any time, there is only a two-week window each year during which the union will allow members to revoke their authorization for the collection of […]

As Predicted, SEIU Promotes Illegal Acts in Protest

seiu-fight-for-15-illegal-actsAt the Service Employees International Union’s Fast Food Forward organized “March for 15” minimum wage protest, SEIU members broke laws and were arrested.

In our previous article about their strike on fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King, SEIU Monitor predicted that the SEIU would be using illegal acts to escalate their efforts to unionize the companies.

Not only was that prediction fulfilled in last Thursday’s protest, but the SEIU even had criminals to commit these illegal acts:

Thirty people were briefly taken into police custody after a minimum wage protest outside an east side McDonald’s got out of hand Thursday morning….
Detroit police say of the 30 people placed in handcuffs, 24 were ticketed for disorderly conduct and released. The remain six are being held because they have outstanding warrants, police said.

Despite attempts to inflate the numbers using astroturf health care workers to artificially inflate their numbers, their numbers still only numbered in the dozens in their dozens of protests:

Police handcuffed dozens of protesters who blocked traffic in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in their latest attempt to escalate efforts to get McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast-food companies to pay employees at least $15 an hour.

In New York, 19 people were arrested on Thursday for blocking traffic, with at least three people wearing McDonald’s uniforms taken away by police officers after standing in the middle of a busy street near Times Square. About two dozen protesters were detained in Detroit after they wouldn’t move out of a street near a McDonald’s restaurant. Others were apprehended by police in Chicago, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami and Denver.

Ultimately, despite the moniker of “civil disobedience”, the SEIU planned and organized illegal acts that undermined their message and may have put customers in danger:

Rob Green, the executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, criticized the sit-ins. “Encouraging activities that put both restaurant workers and their customers in danger of physical harm is not only irresponsible, it’s disturbing,” he said in a statement. “Unions are calling it ‘civil disobedience’ when in reality, this choreographed activity is trespassing and it’s illegal.”

As we have stated previously, these actions make the SEIU appear to be petulant and ineffective. Despite artificially inflating their numbers, very little long-term good has come of the protests. Despite millions of dollars being spent in organizing, there is little visible return for the SEIU’s actions. And above all, these actions significantly undermine the union’s case for providing the best conduit for their membership.

At the Service Employees International Union’s Fast Food Forward organized “March for 15” minimum wage protest, SEIU members broke laws and were arrested. In our previous article about their strike on fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King, SEIU Monitor predicted that the SEIU would be using illegal acts to escalate their efforts to […]

SEIU to Protest Fast Food with Illegal Acts Thursday

Service Employees International Union backed Fast Food Forward and SEIU’s Fight for 15 plan a protest strike/walkout, illegal acts Thursday, September 4

15-minimum-wage-replacementThe Service Employees International Union and Fast Food Forward is targeting fast food companies like McDonalds and Burger King with illegal acts, escalating their efforts in their “Fight for 15” $15 minimum wage campaign.  In the lead up to tomorrow’s protest, one worker told The Guardian that the union adopted a motion to do “whatever it takes” to achieve their goal:

“Thirteen-hundred workers unanimously adopted a resolution at our convention in July to do whatever it takes to win $15 an hour and union rights, including participating in non-violent, peaceful protests in the tradition of the civil rights movement.”

Despite the call to nonviolence and reference to the civil rights movement, that has not always been the case when the SEIU has been involved. The SEIU’s history is replete with examples of violent behavior and use of threats to get what they want. In fact, the SEIU was quite friendly with the violent protest organizers of Occupy Wall Street, even offering them free office space.

Meanwhile, according to the New York Times, the SEIU will be using home healthcare workers to artificially increase their numbers:

..this time labor organizers plan to increase the pressure by staging widespread civil disobedience and having thousands of home-care workers join the protests….

Some franchise operators have dismissed the walkout, saying that in previous one-day strikes, only a handful of employees at their restaurants walked out, barely disrupting business.

This attempt to artificially inflate their numbers is certainly not new for the SEIU. Previously, protesters have been caught on video admitting to being paid to protest for the union. Using outside, unassociated union members to escalate visibility and pressure when the real numbers would only amount to a handful is par for the course.

Meanwhile, there is increased concern being voiced about whether these efforts have anything to do with what the SEIU is supposed to be about‒helping their own members achieve better wages and working conditions. The SEIU has spent millions in the fast food area, and there is no clear indication the industry will be unionizing any time soon.

In fact, the SEIU’s efforts may be the worst way to endear themselves to the industry, as well as undermine the very employees they say they want to help. An increase of wages to $15 is more likely to result in fewer jobs for workers, as companies like McDonalds and Burger King turn to automation to replace the handfuls of workers who leave their company to protest.  And the SEIU’s efforts polarize the conversation and add potentially violent disruption to the conversation in tomorrow’s protest may backfire, as did the aims of Occupy Wall Street.

Tomorrow’s protest highlights the disconnect in the SEIU between their goals and their members’ needs. They are willing to spend millions on an artificial movement with no clear benefit to their membership, but aren’t willing to consider the consequences for those they say they want to help. Is it any wonder the SEIU continues to shrink?

Service Employees International Union backed Fast Food Forward and SEIU’s Fight for 15 plan a protest strike/walkout, illegal acts Thursday, September 4 The Service Employees International Union and Fast Food Forward is targeting fast food companies like McDonalds and Burger King with illegal acts, escalating their efforts in their “Fight for 15” $15 minimum wage […]

SEIU Local 721 Steals Employee Data, Gets Restraining Order

SEIU-Local-721-Restraining-Order-SBPEAThe Service Employees International Union SEIU Local 721 stole personnel information from San Bernardino Public Employees Association to harass employees

It seems that the SEIU Local 721 has taken their notoriously aggressive tactics to the next level:

The SEIU, illegally, took the private personnel information of San Bernardino County employees—email address, cell phone number, home addresses and more—to contact them, demanding, threatening and harassing the workers…

What’s more, the SEIU had a restraining order filed and granted against them:

Today San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Thomas Peterson granted a temporary restraining order requested by San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU is conducting a decertification campaign against SBPEA to become the collective bargaining representative for more than 11,000 San Bernardino County employees.

In the SEIU Local 721’s attempt to poach San Bernadino’s employees from the SBPEA, it appears they illegally obtained personal home addresses and phone numbers of current SBPEA members. Despite the fact that this information supposed to be confidential, the employees started getting phone calls and mailers from the SEIU. These employees claimed that the communications from the SEIU.

Below is a copy of the restraining order:

  SEIU Local 721 SBPEA San Bernadino Restraining Order

From the document:

SEIU . . . [is] restrained and enjoined from using and disclosing to anyone Plaintiff’s members’ confidential personal information (including, but not limited to, home addresses, home and personal phone numbers, and emergency contact information) that was obtained from the County San Bernardino’s employee records whether such information was obtained from the County of San Bernardino from SEIU, obtained from the County of San Bernardino by any of SEIU’s agents or employees, or obtained from the County of San Bernardino by a third party and provided to SEIU.”

This is not the first time an outside union has attempted to poach workers from the SBPEA. In August of 2013, the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) also attempted to decertify the SBPEA. They were not successful.

The SEIU Local 721’s attempt to decertify the SBPEA shows that they are still more intent on growing by annex rather than growing by appeal. Harassing people into joining your union does not turn them into fans of the organization. While they may ultimately vote your way, they will still harbor resentment that can undermine the long term goals of the organization.

What’s more, this means that the SEIU is spending their resources at gaining new members by force, rather than ensuring that their own members are taken care of. If the union were to spend half of the money used to harass potential members on taking care of their own members, they may be able to have a better case to make when trying to get new members. But this approach seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Ultimately, the SEIU’s strategy is failing, and will continue to fail. The overall size of the SEIU is shrinking. Rather than facing the underlying issues of corruption, mismanagement and scandal, they double down on them. Breaking the law again follows a terrible precedent that sadly the SEIU seems bent on not changing anytime soon.

The Service Employees International Union SEIU Local 721 stole personnel information from San Bernardino Public Employees Association to harass employees It seems that the SEIU Local 721 has taken their notoriously aggressive tactics to the next level: The SEIU, illegally, took the private personnel information of San Bernardino County employees—email address, cell phone number, home […]

SEIU, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood Defend Obamacare

The Service Employees International Union joins two partisan powerhouses pushing Obamacare- a policy hiking healthcare costs on their members, causing strikes
SEIU Endorses Obamacare

SEIU Endorses Obamacare

The SEIU was beside itself with the passage of Obamacare, releasing statements about how wonderful it was, even as concerns mounted about potential issues. However, the impact of the policy wasn’t necessarily good for their local unions, as Obamacare raised healthcare costs for local union members.

And yet, the SEIU marched on, even using member’s dues money to pay people off to protest for Obamacare, a practice they frequently accuse their opponents of using called “astroturf.” And it seems they’re going to double down on Obamacare with even more money and membership drives. Via Weaselzippers:

Planned Parenthood Action, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and MoveOn.org are teaming up in an effort to boost the law, and to boost officials who backed it.

SEIU leadership clearly believes Obamacare is best for their membership, despite the fact that their members are seeing a direct cost increase specifically because of the policy. SEIU International is spending their dues money to defend policies costing their membership money. Then, instead of taking responsibility, they call for their membership to strike against their employers to make up the difference.

This reckless policy hawking not only harms their membership, but undermines their case that the SEIU has the best intentions for their members. Rather than advocating for policies that work for their membership, they are letting partisan politics run their advocacy. This is one more sign the leadership is out of touch with their membership, and should be replaced.

The Service Employees International Union joins two partisan powerhouses pushing Obamacare- a policy hiking healthcare costs on their members, causing strikes SEIU Endorses Obamacare The SEIU was beside itself with the passage of Obamacare, releasing statements about how wonderful it was, even as concerns mounted about potential issues. However, the impact of the policy wasn’t […]

Big Shrinkage at SEIU Healthcare Michigan: Not Just the Pool

SEIU Healthcare Michigan loses 44,000 members after they were no longer forced to unionize. Worse, Service Employees International Union has shrinkage all over.

As published in NetRightDaily

The SEIU has always been all about using dirty tricks and shady lobbying to accomplish their only real goal- to grow at any cost. But what SEIU Healthcare Michigan did to home healthcare workers in their state has to be one of the dirtiest tricks ever used.

SEIU Healthcare Michigan exploited a legal loophole using the Michigan Quality Community Care Council (MCQ3) to force parents and family of sick children into their union. Families who saved the state thousands of dollars a month by taking care of adult children with disabilities had money taken out of their pockets as they were forced to pay dues to the SEIU. Meanwhile, the SEIU racked up nearly $33 Million in forced dues.

It took a court ruling and a statewide ballot initiative for judges and voters to finally put an end to the SEIU’s disgusting practice. Now that the SEIU has been forced to stop unionizing these families, it seems these healthcare workers are no longer interested in the SEIU’s “services”:

More than 44,000 home-based healthcare workers parted ways with SEIU Healthcare Michigan after learning they did not have to join the union or pay dues, according to reports the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.

So SEIU Healthcare Michigan is feeling the icy chill of tens of thousands of members leaving their union. Like the George Costanza character in the Seinfeld TV show, the union is experiencing “significant shrinkage”. But unlike Costanza, the shrinkage isn’t just limited to one area…

Previous articles at the SEIU Monitor have shown that since 2006, membership growth has stalled and as of 2012, the union was losing members. A further examination of the SEIU’s 2013 LM-2 report shows that this trend has continued into 2013- far from being the “Fastest Growing Union” as they claim, the SEIU lost nearly 10,000 members in 2013. When you look at the change in growth numbers for the union, the SEIU is clearly in trouble:

SEIU 2013 LM-2 Data shows the union has continued to decline and actually lost members since 2011.

SEIU- the Fastest Shrinking Union?

This chart shows that while the SEIU lost fewer members in 2013 than they did in 2012, they are still losing members at a considerable rate. In fact, the union has not gained a net total of members since 2011. This is problem they can’t just ascribe to the cold. Due to repeated SEIU scandals and union mismanagement, it seems the union’s policy of “add members at any cost” has backfired.

The union that calls itself the “Fastest growing union” should be watching out. With a significant shrinkage problem, they’ll find themselves becoming the “fastest shrinking union” before too long.

SEIU Healthcare Michigan loses 44,000 members after they were no longer forced to unionize. Worse, Service Employees International Union has shrinkage all over. As published in NetRightDaily The SEIU has always been all about using dirty tricks and shady lobbying to accomplish their only real goal- to grow at any cost. But what SEIU Healthcare […]