SEIU’s Stubbornness Costs Jobs

SEIU refused to negotiate with the state of Connecticut even though state revenues are falling. As a result, hundreds of state employees are being laid off; the governor expects that number to exceed two thousand.

SEIU refused to negotiate with the state of Connecticut even though state revenues are falling. As a result, hundreds of state employees are being laid off; the governor expects that number to exceed two thousand.

Trying to Kill Jobs and Raise Prices

SEIU wants to kill jobs in the natural gas industry and raise energy prices.

PennEnvironment was joined by several … health experts to release a series of letters to the Wolf Administration … calling for increased protections for Pennsylvanians from fracking. Priority policies … include:

  • Require a minimum setback of one mile for all fracking operations and associated infrastructure relative to schools, childcare providers, hospitals and nursing care facilities…

PennEnvironment has teamed up with Pennsylvania health groups—including Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Physicians for Social Responsibility, SEIU Healthcare, and Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project—to form Pennsylvania Health Professionals for a Livable Future. This coalition, representing tens of thousands of health professionals across the Commonwealth, is committed to addressing the impact of fracking and fracking infrastructure on the health of Pennsylvanians.

SEIU wants to kill jobs in the natural gas industry and raise energy prices. PennEnvironment was joined by several … health experts to release a series of letters to the Wolf Administration … calling for increased protections for Pennsylvanians from fracking. Priority policies … include: … Require a minimum setback of one mile for all fracking operations and […]

Caregiver Blasts SEIU’s “Greed”

Parents of disabled adults don’t appreciate SEIU’s scheme to grow the union through mandatory “training.”

Illinois politics is too often a master class in masking true intentions.

A legislative push by the Service Employees International Union and some state lawmakers is one such case. Behind the curtain of Senate Bill 2931 is a greedy ploy by the SEIU to make more money at the expense of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

The bill mandates that personal assistants, also known as at-home caregivers, attend an in-person training session once a year. Sounds innocent enough, right? But what happened at mandatory caregiver training sessions in 2014 offers clues to the union’s true motives.

“It felt like a union drive,” said Debra Lewis. “They were berating the program, and I learned nothing.”

Lewis and her husband care for their adult son, who suffered a severe brain injury as a child when he was hit by a semitruck outside their home. The Lewises receive an hourly stipend from the state to cover the costs of care — a fraction of what it would cost to house their son in a state-run facility.

Joanne Kocourek and her husband care for their adult daughter, who has two severe genetic disorders.

“There was a very strong push to support the union,” Kocourek said of the mandatory half-day training in 2014. “We had to go. For us it was really frustrating because we had to find someone else to be with our daughter.”

Why was the union pulling parents away from loved ones who need around-the-clock care? The answer was cash.

Per the union’s contract with the state, which expired June 30, 2015, SEIU received a captive audience for a 30-minute membership drive during training…

“They cry out for higher wages and they hurt the families that want no part in this political power play,” Lewis said of the SEIU. “I am so very thankful for what we have. The greed and power this union has sickens me.”

Kocourek shares Lewis’ frustrations.

“Every time they fight for raises and more benefits and win, my daughter loses hours of service,” she said. “They’re not fighting for what’s in the best interest of our loved ones. They’re fighting for what is in the best interest of the union.”

Parents of disabled adults don’t appreciate SEIU’s scheme to grow the union through mandatory “training.” Illinois politics is too often a master class in masking true intentions. A legislative push by the Service Employees International Union and some state lawmakers is one such case. Behind the curtain of Senate Bill 2931 is a greedy ploy […]

Endangering Public Safety

Fight for $15 protesters backed up traffic for miles. (Fight for $15 is a project of SEIU.)

Demonstrations began early Thursday morning at a McDonalds on the South Side, where people blocked traffic and claimed solidarity with other low-wage workers.

Later, the protest moved to Loyola University on the North Side…

The marchers then moved south down Broadway to one of Chicago’s busiest intersections where Sheridan, Hollywood and the top of Lake Shore Drive meet. There they snarled traffic for miles, sitting down in the intersection and making their case…

During the afternoon rush, groups plan to march on the Magnificent Mile. The demonstrations could flood into the street and block traffic.

 

Fight for $15 protesters backed up traffic for miles. (Fight for $15 is a project of SEIU.) Demonstrations began early Thursday morning at a McDonalds on the South Side, where people blocked traffic and claimed solidarity with other low-wage workers. Later, the protest moved to Loyola University on the North Side… The marchers then moved […]

What Was SEIU Expecting?

new times broward palm beachSEIU went on strike creating a need for temporary workers, then whined when the company advertised for replacement workers at nursing homes. It’s unclear how the union expected the company to tend to the patients that it didn’t feel like caring for.

SEIU went on strike creating a need for temporary workers, then whined when the company advertised for replacement workers at nursing homes. It’s unclear how the union expected the company to tend to the patients that it didn’t feel like caring for.

Not There When You Need Them

SEIU members lost their jobs; and SEIU did what it does best: it organized a couple of protests to complain about it. But it didn’t actually help its members find new jobs. Nor did the union even plan to try.

Last Friday was the last day for many of the 26 members of the cleaning crew at the Seven Hills Foundation, and the union representing the workers did not go quietly.

Service Employees International Union 32-BJ organized two rallies, one in front of the foundation’s Hope Avenue location on Thursday and one on the Clark University campus…

Bill Stock, Seven Hills vice president for government and community relations, said the foundation’s cleaning services contract is bid out about every two years.

“Recently, Seven Hills conducted this process and awarded the new contract to a Women’s Business Certified firm – Martins Maintenance Inc.,” Mr. Stock wrote in an email. “As a provider of health and human services funded primarily by state and federal revenues, Seven Hills Foundation and Affiliates provides fiscally responsible utilization and ongoing updates on expenditures and analysis of its public funding.”

Mr. Stock indicated that all 40 employees were encouraged to apply for positions with the new company and that nine did.

“From what we were told, only nine of those individuals applied and were granted an interview. Five of those nine were hired,” Mr. Stock wrote.

Rafael Cruz, his wife, Yolanda, and his daughter, Siomara, were all employees of FM&M until Friday…

Mr. Soults indicated that despite the family’s union membership, SEIU BJ-32 would not be able to help Mr. Cruz, his wife and daughter find other jobs.

SEIU members lost their jobs; and SEIU did what it does best: it organized a couple of protests to complain about it. But it didn’t actually help its members find new jobs. Nor did the union even plan to try. Last Friday was the last day for many of the 26 members of the cleaning […]

Pay for Play

SEIU gave $25,000 to the corrupt New York City mayor’s slush fund. In return, it received a lucrative contract. “SEIU Local 1199 came up with $250,000 and got a nice contract with the city just months later.

 

 

SEIU gave $25,000 to the corrupt New York City mayor’s slush fund. In return, it received a lucrative contract. “SEIU Local 1199 came up with $250,000 and got a nice contract with the city just months later.”    

Admitted Astroturfers

Fight for $15 protesters admit they work for SEIU, not McDonald’s.

Fight for $15 protesters admit they work for SEIU, not McDonald’s.

SEIU Does Not Care about Students

SEIU wants to allow insufficiently-trained school district employees to deal with special needs students. Contract negotiations between SEIU and the district have drug on for more than a year.

A special magistrate will hear arguments from the district and Service Employees International Union in a disagreement stemming from issues of seniority. District officials want bids for summer work to be merit-based as opposed to the union’s desire for bidding to be based on seniority.

When bidding on summer work, such as washing buses or driving summer bus routes, employees are able to bid on specific jobs. Some jobs, such as exceptional-student-education routes, require a driver and a monitor with specialized training.

The district supports a merit-based system to avoid a situation in which a driver with seniority but not proper exceptional-student-education training could bid on monitor position and get it over a newer monitor with proper training, district spokeswoman Sherri Owens has said.

 

SEIU wants to allow insufficiently-trained school district employees to deal with special needs students. Contract negotiations between SEIU and the district have drug on for more than a year. A special magistrate will hear arguments from the district and Service Employees International Union in a disagreement stemming from issues of seniority. District officials want bids […]

SEIU Loses Again

SEIU filed a complaint with the NLRB because a nursing home fired two employees without bargaining with the union. An administrative law judge ruled that bargaining over the firings was not necessary because SEIU and the nursing home had not yet been signed a contract.

 

SEIU filed a complaint with the NLRB because a nursing home fired two employees without bargaining with the union. An administrative law judge ruled that bargaining over the firings was not necessary because SEIU and the nursing home had not yet been signed a contract.