SEIU Treasurer Secretary: Illegal Immigrants Driving Policy

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In recent years the SEIU has not been subtle about their position on immigration, even going so far as to spend hundreds of thousands in dues money calling for paths to citizenship for illegal immigrants. However, recent comments by SEIU’s International Treasurer-Secretary put the SEIU’s position far more bluntly.

In an interview with Breitbart News editor Lee Stranahan at a Bakersfield, California rally, Eliseo Medina indicated the SEIU knows they have “several” illegal immigrants working for them- but that’s not their concern. In Medina’s own words:

“…the country needed comprehensive immigration reform because workers who are in the country illegally fear legal consequences of being arrested or deported when they go to work.”

Watch the video:

Medina’s acknowledgement of lawbreakers without any condemnation of their actions shows blatant disregard for the laws of the country. The SEIU seems not only complacent in wanton lawbreaking as a course of action, but also directed by those lawbreakers to push policy change.

It’s not a surprise that Medina acknowledges the illegal immigrant faction of their membership. But as we’ve stated before, there is another factor at play here as well, one far more cynical:

[The SEIU] can more easily recruit dues-paying members. Immigrants can represent an easier target for unions like the SEIU to prey upon, as they know less about the union or appropriate working conditions most employers offer. The SEIU is much more concerned with the opportunities that immigrants can bring to their coffers rather than what happens to their existing union members.

An increase in cheap labor would ordinarily be a death-knell for a union-unless they had a way of recruiting them to the union directly. The SEIU’s efforts to shift policy towards increased immigration legalization make more sense as a cynical ploy to increase membership. This only makes sense, given the context of their other schemes, that again, the SEIU is only out for themselves here.

Eliseo Medina, International Treasurer/Secretary for Service Employees International Union says illegal immigrant SEIU members pushing immigration reform policy In recent years the SEIU has not been subtle about their position on immigration, even going so far as to spend hundreds of thousands in dues money calling for paths to citizenship for illegal immigrants. However, recent […]

SEIU Caught Muscling In on Disneyland Resort Workers Local 50 Union

Is the Service Employees International Union trying to take over Mickey Mouse’s turf? Local 50 Culinary Workers called the police on the SEIU after a standoff.

The SEIU has a new target in their crosshairs- the Local 50 Service Workers Union for the Anaheim, California Disneyland Resort. And this time, they’re not taking no for an answer

A flyer distributed by Local 50 accuses the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) of attempting to take over the facility as well as bank account funds.
The finger was pointed at Edgar Romney of Workers United, an SEIU affiliate, who allegedly came to the 527 S. Harbor Blvd. office of Local 50 demanding the keys to the building as well as the names and personal information of union members so that they could be contacted. Alongside SEIU supporters, he was met by Sandi Eckland and other Local 50 executive board members who denied them access to all that was being demanded.
The Anaheim Police Department was even called to intervene in the standoff.

This kind of brute force intimidation tactic is unfortunately not uncommon with the SEIU. However it probably came as a shock to the members of the Local 50 Food Service Workers. They claim on their flyer that they are disaffiliated with the SEIU and Workers United, and have been since 2004.

See the flyer below (click to expand):

Anaheim Local 50 SEIU Invasion Flyer

According to the Local 50’s Facebook page, Workers United/SEIU followed up the disaffiliation by trying to get Disneyland Resort to continue to recognize their leadership. That effort failed. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop SEIU goons from showing up and flyering, trying to sow seeds of discontent and misinformation.

Now, the Local 50 is fighting back, filing a lawsuit for violations of the LMRDA (The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959). The charges were for Recission; Breach of the Contract of Good Faith and Fair Dealing as well as Declaratory and Injunctive Relief. Their statement is below:

Local 50 has filed a lawsuit against SEIU/Workers United to defend our rights to disaffiliate and to retain our assets. Only after we exercised our rights, did SEIU/WU try and “trustee” our local. They accused us of financial malpractice because we continued to pay for Sandi and Jason to represent you with your dues money. They also accused of financial malpractice for paying for the lawsuit to enforce our rights. We will continue to represent you and fight for you despite their lies and slanderous statements.

Local 50 Food Service Workers are to be commended for standing up for their rights as a separate union, despite facing intimidation. The SEIU is a formidable foe, and has been known to continue a fight beyond reasonability.

The SEIU Monitor will continue to monitor this story and bring you the latest updates.

Is the Service Employees International Union trying to take over Mickey Mouse’s turf? Local 50 Culinary Workers called the police on the SEIU after a standoff. The SEIU has a new target in their crosshairs- the Local 50 Service Workers Union for the Anaheim, California Disneyland Resort. And this time, they’re not taking no for […]

Prime Healthcare Services Fights, Wins Against NLRB and SEIU

After failing to win a propaganda campaign, the SEIU took their case to the NLRB and won. Now Prime Healthcare is ignoring the NLRB.

Prime Healthcare Services Defies SEIU and NLRB

It’s the usual story most employers face, but with an unexpected ending. The Service Employees International Union shows up, makes demands, and throws a tantrum when they don’t get what they want. Either the employer gives up on account of the bad public relations, or they fight back, usually in the courts. Then it’s up to the labor judges to decide their fate, and recently, the courts have been deciding increasingly in favor of the unions.

So when Prime Healthcare Services, a chain with 21 hospitals in California, refused to comply with demands by the SEIU, one could reasonably expect that the results would not go well for them. And sure enough, the SEIU mounted a bad publicity campaign that would have destroyed a lesser company, accusing the hospital of infecting patients with blood diseases:

About a year ago, the union mounted a propaganda campaign against Prime Healthcare Services because the hospital chain rejected its demands for a “quickie” election for SEIU members… union bosses threatened to accuse the company of hiding proof that Medicare patients were being infected with serious blood diseases. The union knew the Medicare data in question were based on the condition of patients upon admittance rather than reflecting the quality of care. Still, they used the tactic to increase pressure on Prime Healthcare. It didn’t work.

This is par for the course for the SEIU- create false statements about the employer, hoping the employer blinks first. Related: Read more about the SEIU’s dirty tricks here. However, as many of our articles prove, the SEIU is not good at taking “no” for an answer, and often resort to hiding behind the courts to do their dirty work.

Fortunately for the SEIU, the NLRB has been very pro-union under Obama. Unfortunately for the SEIU, the D.C. Circuit has ruled that Obama’s nominations to the NLRB were unconstitutional, rendering many of the cases void, leading to a humorous exchange between the SEIU and Prime Healthcare Services:

In response, Harland sent a letter to the hospital in January, insisting that it comply with the recent NLRB ruling. “I assume that you must employ at least one lawyer who knows how to read,” Harland wrote in a letter he shared with Reuters. “If you had bothered to consult with any first year Labor Law student, you would have learned that on December 12, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board issued a significant ruling, which overruled 50 years of bad law concerning the unilateral cancellation of dues check-off post contract expiration.” Schottmiller responded with a one-line email on Friday that read, “We hope your next letters are more professional and mature.” She attached a copy of the D.C. Circuit’s decision.

This exchange epitomizes the SEIU’s flippant disrespect for management, as well as their ignorance and disregard for the law. The latter isn’t surprising, given the SEIU’s endorsement of the NLRB’s continued flouting of the law, even when it would advantage them. However it is the attitude behind the former that creates the continued problems the SEIU faces, as they continue to lose support across the country and create more and more opposition for themselves.

Prime Healthcare Services’ actions may encourage more employers to take a stand against the unconstitutional NLRB, and the SEIU won’t be able to do anything to stop them.

After failing to win a propaganda campaign, the SEIU took their case to the NLRB and won. Now Prime Healthcare is ignoring the NLRB. It’s the usual story most employers face, but with an unexpected ending. The Service Employees International Union shows up, makes demands, and throws a tantrum when they don’t get what they […]

SEIU’s Ridiculous Claim- Wendy’s CEO “Takes Home $16.5 Billion”

On November 29, the SEIU sent out an email to their members from a “Joshua Williams, Fast Food Worker” advocating for unionization of fast food companies, showcasing a worker engaging in class war:

Last year, the CEO of Wendy’s took home $16.5 billion dollars while I barely scraped by on $16,000. Like so many of my fellow fast food workers who work long hours at my store, I struggle to earn the money I need to pay for my rent, food, clothing, housing, student loans and childcare for my 7-month-old son Jayvon.

Today, my coworkers and I are fighting for our rights and to end that constant struggle. We’re striking for a livable wage of $15/hour and our right to form a union. But we need your help.

If you think it’s a little odd that a fast food CEO could be taking home $16.5 billion dollars in a year, you’re right- that amount would immediately make the CEO of Wendy’s the 19th richest person in the world, kicking off Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who is worth only a paltry $15.9 billion. Clearly, the SEIU’s claims are demonstrably false.

But in case you think this was a mere typo and the SEIU meant “millions” instead of “billions”, Warner Todd Huston points out that even $16.5 million is a stretch

In the Forbes list of American CEOs, the current Wendy’s chief, Emily J. Brolick, is listed with a salary of $338,462 annually and a total compensation package of $4.6 million. Not even a tiny bit close to the lie that the SEIU tried to pass off on its members and potential members…
Brolick has only been onboard for a short time, so maybe “Joshua Williams” meant the previous CEO? Well, let’s look.
Former Wendy’s CEO Roland Smith left the company in 2011. Before he did he “took home” slightly less than $16.5 billion. Instead, Mr. Smith “took home” a $11.4 million in severance pay. In 2010 he made a paltry $4.9 million.

So a minor exaggeration to round into $16.5 million, and a very large exaggeration to turn that million into a billion. And that’s the point- the SEIU is not shy to over-exaggerate their case to make their cause seem more legitimate. The SEIU certainly isn’t shy about paying people to protest for their causes- why wouldn’t they stretch the truth here?

Most importantly, the SEIU is stretching the truth to make their case for the minimum wage and unionization. They’re advocating for a mandate to increase wages as they have done before when asking for an increase in the federal minimum wage. As we’ve covered before, increasing the minimum wage would be a disaster specifically for those who they say they’re trying to help.

The SEIU needs to be honest with itself and its members and stop stretching the truth. It also needs to stop fighting for shortsighted raises which may kill jobs rather than helping people. While it is a noble effort to advocate for struggling families, mandated changes can kill jobs and increase unemployment, particularly in this economy.

All the increased wages and benefits in the world mean nothing if you can’t find a job to receive them with, and the SEIU’s stretched half-truths makes poor consolation.

On November 29, the SEIU sent out an email to their members from a “Joshua Williams, Fast Food Worker” advocating for unionization of fast food companies, showcasing a worker engaging in class war: Last year, the CEO of Wendy’s took home $16.5 billion dollars while I barely scraped by on $16,000. Like so many of […]

NLRB Wants Alleged SEIU Nursing Home Saboteurs Reinstated

The National Labor Relations Board is requesting that striking SEIU District 1199 members, including some who allegedly sabotaged Connecticut nursing home center HealthBridge, be returned to work:

The NLRB, which is responsible for enforcing workers’ rights, is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny to force HealthBridge to take back nearly 700 striking workers. The workers walked out in July after the company unilaterally cut benefits and terminated the pension while increasing wages 2.2 percent.

These are the same striking SEIU members who left a trail of carnage among their elderly patients as they left their work to strike against the nursing home center. According to Healthbridge, the SEIU’s sabotage was dangerous and would potentially endanger patients:

SEIU District 1199 employees committed “multiple illegal and dangerous acts against Center residents.”
…The director of the facility in Newington, Conn., told police that “the name tags on the patients’ doors for the Alzheimer’s ward were mixed up. The photos attached to the medical records for these patients were removed, further complicating, but not making impossible, the identification of the patients. Also, dietary blue stickers affixed to the door name tags were removed.” Some medical equipment also went missing.

If true, the SEIU has seriously crossed a line here. With the wrong dietary information, patients could be prescribed medication or given food which could seriously harm or kill them. With their actions, SEIU members have put the lives of the elderly in jeopardy because of a labor dispute. This is beyond the pale.

At a bare minimum, it is irresponsible for the NLRB to advocate putting SEIU members back on the job after they have directly jeopardized the lives of those they were entrusted to protect. The SEIU’s behavior is reprehensible, and time will tell whether those who took part in the actions will see justice for their actions.

The SEIU needs to take a stand against those actions, and attempt to make sure those who took part are brought to justice. If they do not, they can be seen as accomplices to the crimes, and readers would be well advised to make sure none of their loved ones are in SEIU-run nursing homes lest this situation repeats itself.

The National Labor Relations Board is requesting that striking SEIU District 1199 members, including some who allegedly sabotaged Connecticut nursing home center HealthBridge, be returned to work: The NLRB, which is responsible for enforcing workers’ rights, is asking U.S. District Judge Robert Chatigny to force HealthBridge to take back nearly 700 striking workers. The workers […]

Guest Post: SEIU marchers closing down Los Angeles International Airport should be arrested

By Rick Manning, NetRightDaily.com

The City of Los Angeles should arrest any person who blocks traffic without delay. If these Service Employee International Union (SEIU) occupiers are allowed to arbitrarily disrupt the City of Los Angeles without interference, they will be encouraged to engage in further, even more disruptive temper tantrums when they don’t get their way. Mayor Villaraigosa has a responsibility to the entire City of Los Angeles to order the arrest of anyone who blocks LAX traffic in this unlawful protest. If the Mayor’s office has permitted the protest, then the City should be liable for reimbursing the costs for every person who misses their flight as a result of this action. See more to view the video and description of these protests:

From Breitbart.com:

Ready to fly out of Los Angeles today to get to your family before Thanksgiving? Not so fast. Los Angeles’ labor unions have decided to protest on Thanksgiving Eve – one of the busiest travel days of the year – to snarl traffic around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). President Obama’s favorite union, the Service Employees International Union, is spearheading the obnoxious effort; it’s supposed to last from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., virtually the entire day. The LAPD says that travellers should arrive 90 minutes earlier than usual. LAX already advises people to arrive two hours in advance.

What exactly is SEIU protesting for? They say that an airport contract is breaking the city law on living wages – which, of course, is nonsense, since that would be prosecutable. They also say that the contractor has eliminated “affordable healthcare” for over 400 workers. Which is, again, bull. After all, can’t the SEIU just rely on Obamacare?

Leave it to the unions to ruin Thanksgiving. They’ve ruined every other day of the year.

By Rick Manning, NetRightDaily.com The City of Los Angeles should arrest any person who blocks traffic without delay. If these Service Employee International Union (SEIU) occupiers are allowed to arbitrarily disrupt the City of Los Angeles without interference, they will be encouraged to engage in further, even more disruptive temper tantrums when they don’t get […]

SEIU Member Admits Union Used Measure M as Bargaining Chip

Kary Lynch, a SEIU-UHW union steward, has stepped forward admitting that “Measure M,” a class-warfare style measure to cap executive salaries at a district council, was merely used as a bargaining chip used to pressure the board to allow, among other things,  a no-cost premium health plan for the employees.

When asked, Kary Lynch was refreshingly honest about the SEIU’s tactics:

Suprisingly enough, Kary Lynch — a psychiatric technician and union official for the SEIU-UHW — said that Measure M originally was intended only to influence the outcome of labor contract talks with El Camino.

Lynch said, “Truthfully, the measure was initially proposed as a bargaining chip in the negotiating process,” adding, “We picked salaries because it was something that resonated with the voters.”

The SEIU leadership were quick to disavow his statement, saying that he was not an official spokesman, even though Lynch had often spoken to newspapers on behalf of the union. They issued a statement undermining Lynch as a spokesman. To understand why the SEIU responded so vehemently, some history is in order:

That dispute began in 2010 when the hospital board imposed a contract on hospital workers. The biggest sticking point in that contract was the elimination of a free health care plan. In May of 2012 Measure M qualified to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, thanks in large part to a push from the SEIU-UHW who sent people out into the community to gather signatures for the initiative.

In the early stages of Measure M, Lynch and others in support of the initiative said the salary cap was about creating parity between the top administrators and the most entry level workers at the hospital.

In September it was announced that the SEIU-UHW had reached an agreement with the hospital on a new contract that restored the free health care plan option.

But as the Nov. 6 election drew near, campaign reports reviewed by Voice showed that the SEIU-UHW had spent no money promoting the measure.

What is particularly poignant was that after the SEIU-UHW got a new contract, their support for Measure M dropped to zero. When asked about it, the official reply was that “priorities shifted”- but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Lynch’s refreshing honesty- saying that the measure was a bargaining chip- exposes the real nature of the SEIU at large.

Far from being an isolated case, this seems to be the modus operandi for the SEIU- when the management of a company denies the union some kind of benefit, the SEIU turns out in full force to attack the company leadership and even the company brand until management gives in. Rather than promoting their cause and advocating for the benefits they think are necessary, they use any kind of attack they can find to attack the company and its leaders until they get what they want. We call it the “We hate you- so join us” theory of union organizing.

Related: Read the SEIU’s Secret Employer Intimidation Manual!

This is a bad move for the SEIU. By focusing on sticks instead of carrots, they hurt businesses who would otherwise be more amenable to their cause. When unemployment is hurting record numbers, the SEIU should be focused on making friends, not enemies.

Kary Lynch, a SEIU-UHW union steward, has stepped forward admitting that “Measure M,” a class-warfare style measure to cap executive salaries at a district council, was merely used as a bargaining chip used to pressure the board to allow, among other things,  a no-cost premium health plan for the employees. When asked, Kary Lynch was […]

Michigan Caregivers Win Against Proposal 4 and Forced SEIU Dues

As frequent visitors of this site know, we have been focused like a hawk on Michigan’s Proposal 4- the SEIU’s heavy-handed attempt to unionize all home caregivers in the state of Michigan, often parents of adult children with disabilities.In one overwhelmingly positive election result, the SEIU’s Proposal 4 has been defeated, and by a wide margin- winning almost every single county and by a margin of over 500,000 votes. Now, the SEIU’s contract will end in February and not be renewed. This is great news for families directly impacted by the dues skim- families like the Glossop family, who rely on the checks to help defray the costs of home healthcare:

Steven Glossop provides care for his mother, Linda, who lives with medical complications following heart surgery and a stroke. Through the Home Help Program, Glossop receives a monthly Medicaid check to help defray the costs involved with the home care.

“I think the fact that this (Proposal 4) was defeated is terrific,” Glossop said. “Especially after they (the SEIU) had all of those ads on TV that made it look like something good. It’s just great to know that the people of Michigan don’t believe everything they see in commercials like those. At some point, they began to understand that if something looks too good, you need to look closer and find out more about it.”

Unfortunately, until that time comes, the SEIU will still be making money off of these families- by current publication count, the SEIU has skimmed just under $33,000,000 from them. They will continue to collect this money until February 25, 2013, driving that sum even higher.

The SEIU spent tons of money to promote Proposal 4- and the Michigan voters proved themselves to be smarter than their advertising. It is clear that despite SEIU’s best efforts, the people of Michigan have rejected their attempts to force unionization on home caregivers who neither want nor need the SEIU’s intrusion and involuntary dues.

To make things right, the SEIU should be paying back the families whose money they took without their permission. Rather than spending more money to take money out of the hands of those who need help the most, they should be returning the money to those who may have had to go without the money they had previously come to expect to help take care of those with disabilities.

For the SEIU to not only take that money out of the hands of the disabled, but to then use that money to prevent them from ever getting it back, is beyond reproach. Unfortunately, we can only expect to see this issue resurface elsewhere- from the SEIU’s previous efforts to double down on dues skimming, they do not give up easily.

As frequent visitors of this site know, we have been focused like a hawk on Michigan’s Proposal 4- the SEIU’s heavy-handed attempt to unionize all home caregivers in the state of Michigan, often parents of adult children with disabilities.In one overwhelmingly positive election result, the SEIU’s Proposal 4 has been defeated, and by a wide […]

VIDEO: Ex-SEIU Organizer Was Illegally Required to Do Political Work

An explosive new video has come out, slamming the SEIU for illegally pressuring their organizers into volunteering for Democrat candidates. A former SEIU organizer admits on video that he and other SEIU organizers “were required as staff” to do political work:

We need to go canvassing for this candidate, so we need you to sign this sheet to say that you are requesting a personal day today, so that you can go do this. We’ll make it up to you later,’” he said in the interview.

And I [thought], ‘Is this really legal? Can you require me to volunteer for a candidate that I can’t even vote for? I don’t live in that jurisdiction, that district that they are running from.

And that happened a lot around election time. The staff was — it was — I called it ‘mandatory volunteerism.’ And that happened to everybody. We were all told that we had to volunteer for this candidate on this day.

According to the article, the FEC “does not allow volunteers for federal candidates, including Presidential candidate[s], to be paid by third parties for volunteering, and state laws vary on the point. But the unions get around these rules by compensating volunteers to do general political organizing work and get-out-the vote efforts for the benefit of specific candidates.”

This is not news to those of you who followed our video of SEIU members admitting to being paid $20 to protest Obamacare – the SEIU often uses underhanded tactics to coerce people into advocating for their causes in what they often accuse other groups of using- “astroturf,” or artificial grassroots organizing.

Important to note as well is that the former SEIU member in the video has his identity protected to prevent the SEIU from retaliating against him. Not only did the union pressure him into doing something he clearly felt uncomfortable with, but they also left him with the impression that there would be retribution if he were to divulge this information. This isn’t a movie or a dramatic TV show- this is real life, and this man is afraid of being attacked by real life thugs.

The SEIU is operating illegally, and using threats of coercion to prevent people from exposing them. This former SEIU organizer has found a way to expose them without revealing his identity- with any luck his testimony will help encourage more SEIU members to speak out as well.

An explosive new video has come out, slamming the SEIU for illegally pressuring their organizers into volunteering for Democrat candidates. A former SEIU organizer admits on video that he and other SEIU organizers “were required as staff” to do political work: We need to go canvassing for this candidate, so we need you to sign […]

SEIU Local 617 President: Tax Money to Fake Company “Depends on Democrats being in Office”

James O’Keefe, made famous for exposing the organizing group ACORN’s involvement in illegal activity, has published a new video, this time exposing the SEIU. A secret recording captured SEIU Local 617 president Rahaman Muhammad’s complicity in using federal money for wasteful and pointless organizations to literally dig holes and fill them back up.

If you listen carefully, Muhammad is explaining the SEIU’s relationship with Democrat politicians. In his own words, “union dues fund elected officials who support working people”- in this case “working people” whose only job is to dig holes and fill them up. Organizations like ones O’Keefe describes get the support of legislators, but it “depends on Democrats being in office.”

Specifically, Democrats like Senator Robert Menendez “get support from the union” for their support of SEIU-organized jobs. According to Muhammad, with SEIU’s support, “Menendez gonna be like ‘Oh, for real? SEIU? Oh good, great!’

Project Veritas, O’Keefe’s organization, sent out an email explaining the impact of this collusion:

Since 2005, labor unions have reported spending $4.4 billion dollars on political activity, with the vast majority of that money going to Democrats like Robert Menendez – despite the fact that half of SEIU members identify as Republicans or Independents!

Besides an obvious conflict of interest, the worst part about the financial arrangement between unions and elected officials is that much of the money going into campaign coffers comes from compulsory member dues.

In other words, union members are forced to pay for political candidates or activities they may not even support.

As we’ve stated before, according to Mary Kay Henry, President of the SEIU, about 30% of SEIU members vote Republican, and an additional 20% are independents. They should be very concerned about this kind of “pay-for-play” bargaining done on their behalf.

If the SEIU wants to be taken seriously as an organization, they need to do more than show concern for supporting Democrats who promote their initiatives. They need to be concerned about wasteful spending and government programs- after all, SEIU members pay those taxes as well.

James O’Keefe, made famous for exposing the organizing group ACORN’s involvement in illegal activity, has published a new video, this time exposing the SEIU. A secret recording captured SEIU Local 617 president Rahaman Muhammad’s complicity in using federal money for wasteful and pointless organizations to literally dig holes and fill them back up. If you […]