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SEIU Sues Union Members

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michigan capitol confidential 3A little more than a decade ago, an SEIU local from Taylor, Michigan merged with an SEIU local from Lansing. The local from Taylor brought its banquet hall to the merger, which had been built with money raised through fundraisers – and not with dues money. Apparently, the merger did not go well, and the Taylor union members wanted to split from their new union and re-form their own SEIU local. However, a petition from Taylor SEIU members to the national SEIU organization requesting the dissolution of the merger or legal help with the situation was ignored. The SEIU local would not allow the split so the Taylor union members voted to break away from SEIU and form an independent union. In response, the SEIU local chose to sue several Taylor union members for ownership of the banquet hall.

 

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A little more than a decade ago, an SEIU local from Taylor, Michigan merged with an SEIU local from Lansing. The local from Taylor brought its banquet hall to the merger, which had been built with money raised through fundraisers – and not with dues money. Apparently, the merger did not go well, and the […]

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Disgusting

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An SEIU official defended and refused to pull an offensive campaign ad run by an SEIU-supported group. The ad attacked a Republican candidate, whose wife and two daughters were killed in a horrific home invasion, by associating the candidate with Trump’s supposed “attack on women and families.” Unsurprisingly, the ad was met with public outrage.

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An SEIU official defended and refused to pull an offensive campaign ad run by an SEIU-supported group. The ad attacked a Republican candidate, whose wife and two daughters were killed in a horrific home invasion, by associating the candidate with Trump’s supposed “attack on women and families.” Unsurprisingly, the ad was met with public outrage.

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SEIU Pushes Huge Tax Hike

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SEIU worked to get an initiative onto the ballot in Oregon to hike business taxes by $3 billion, the largest tax hike in state history. Now it’s funding the campaign in spite of the fact that the massive tax hike will likely lower incomes, raise prices, and kill jobs.

Measure 97 would be the biggest tax increase in Oregon’s history, generating an estimated $3 billion a year for public education and other state services.

The initiative would levy a 2.5 percent tax on many companies’ Oregon sales over $25 million. But Measure 97 exempts some types of businesses and applies differently to others…

The legislative study found both positive and negative effects. Oregon would still see employment growth, about 145,000 jobs over five years. But without Measure 97, the state could expect more than 165,000 new jobs, the study found. That’s the net effect of more public sector jobs and slower growth in private sector jobs.

Overall, the study said Measure 97 would be a very modest drag on the economy, slowing growth in income, employment and population…

Economists say how much businesses pass along would depend on their market power. Cable television companies, for example, may pass along much of the cost. Private utilities such as Portland General Electric have regulated monopolies and a legal right to pass along higher costs – including taxes – to ratepayers.

Other states exempt wholesalers from consumption and sales taxes, or they tax wholesale trade at a lower rate. Because Measure 97 does not, some economists expect a “pyramiding” effect in which added costs are stacked atop one another for some products and services.

Conventional sales taxes in other states usually exempt food from taxation. Measure 97 does not. So if businesses do pass along higher costs, it could produce higher grocery bills.

The legislative study — which was based on an approximation of Measure 97 — concluded it would both dampen wage growth and raise prices.

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SEIU worked to get an initiative onto the ballot in Oregon to hike business taxes by $3 billion, the largest tax hike in state history. Now it’s funding the campaign in spite of the fact that the massive tax hike will likely lower incomes, raise prices, and kill jobs. Measure 97 would be the biggest […]

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SEIU Loses Badly

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Princeton graduate students recently had an election to determine whether to affiliate their student union with the American Federation of Teachers or SEIU. Overwhelmingly, the students chose the AFT.

On Oct. 18, University graduate students gathered in McCosh 62 and voted to affiliate the emergent Princeton Graduate Student Union with the American Federation of Teachers, a national union specializing in education. AFT received 77.1 percent of the vote, winning by a significant margin over the PGSU’s other option, the Service Employees International Union, a more generalized national union that emphasizes political solidarity and currently represents service workers at the University…

AFT also generally grants local affiliated chapters more autonomy than SEIU does and it is less inclined to have official political stances, which many students at the town hall meeting on Oct. 11 worried would alienate students with differing political beliefs from participating in PGSU.

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Princeton graduate students recently had an election to determine whether to affiliate their student union with the American Federation of Teachers or SEIU. Overwhelmingly, the students chose the AFT. On Oct. 18, University graduate students gathered in McCosh 62 and voted to affiliate the emergent Princeton Graduate Student Union with the American Federation of Teachers, […]

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Hypocrites

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us chamber 2SEIU has led and funded the Fight for $15 campaign demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union membership for all employees across the country. Of course, SEIU refuses to pay its Fight for $15 organizers $15 an hour or to allow them to join SEIU’s staff union, which is called the Union of Union Representatives. Some of these organizers say that they’re only being paid $9 an hour.

 

 

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SEIU has led and funded the Fight for $15 campaign demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union membership for all employees across the country. Of course, SEIU refuses to pay its Fight for $15 organizers $15 an hour or to allow them to join SEIU’s staff union, which is called the Union of Union Representatives. […]

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Incredible Hypocrisy

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international business timesSEIU won’t allow Fight for $15 (and a Union) employees to join SEIU’s staff union, and SEIU may have violated the contract with its staff union.

A small group of organizers for Fight for $15 — the nationwide campaign advocating a fast-food workers’ union and a $15 minimum wage — are demanding the right to join the staff union of the Service Employees International Union, the labor group behind the $15 campaign.

In some cases, union employees may form a union of their own. That’s how the Union for Union Representatives, a group representing approximately 100 SEIU staff members nationwide, came about. Now the UUR is insisting that organizers with the Fight for $15 campaign should also be unionized — and that the SEIU has violated its own staff’s collective bargaining contract by not letting Fight for $15 workers join UUR.

Although the SEIU has sometimes described Fight for $15 as a semi-autonomous entity, distinct from the union itself, the UUR says workers affiliated with the campaign are effectively SEIU employees. As such, they should have representation of their own, said the UUR in a statement Monday…

It’s an awkward question for the SEIU and Fight for $15, which often accuse other companies of misclassifying workers in order to shirk their responsibility for fair pay and working conditions…

California Fight for $15 organizer Emiliana Sparaco told International Business Times she and her colleagues were “in the same position” as the fast-food workers they’re trying to organize: overworked, underpaid and precariously employed…

The SEIU did not return a request for comment…Though assigned to the Fight for $15 campaign, Sparaco told IBT she had been hired by the SEIU, and someone from the union was her direct supervisor.

“The only thing that keeps me from being an SEIU staffer myself is that my paycheck has another name on it,” she said.

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SEIU won’t allow Fight for $15 (and a Union) employees to join SEIU’s staff union, and SEIU may have violated the contract with its staff union. A small group of organizers for Fight for $15 — the nationwide campaign advocating a fast-food workers’ union and a $15 minimum wage — are demanding the right to […]

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SEIU Members Determined to Break Free

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fresno beeSome California SEIU members are voting once again on decertification. Why must they vote again? Because SEIU used a technicality to overturn the result of the last decertification election, which the union lost by over 16 points. Of course, by overturning the election result, SEIU was able to continue collecting dues from unwilling union members. What was the technicality that SEIU seized upon to overturn the election? The union was unhappy because ballots were accidentally mailed four days early to union members. Although there has been an effort to decertify SEIU for several years, SEIU ridiculously claimed that the four days were “critical” to its campaign.

[Eulalio] Gomez and his supporters want to leave SEIU because they are concerned about the larger union’s efforts in social justice protests, many of which they contend oppose law enforcement officers or promoting minimum wage at large protests outside the area.

Gomez said members in other units within SEIU also are considering breaking away.

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Some California SEIU members are voting once again on decertification. Why must they vote again? Because SEIU used a technicality to overturn the result of the last decertification election, which the union lost by over 16 points. Of course, by overturning the election result, SEIU was able to continue collecting dues from unwilling union members. […]

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SEIU Doesn’t Care about Kids

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fox 10SEIU busdrivers in Connecticut decided to go on strike leaving the families of thousands of students to scramble to try to find a transportation solution.

As a result of the strike, hundreds of students missed school and a pregnant mother had to walk her child to school over a long distance.

A dispute between the DATTCO Bus Company and its union drivers left thousands of Hartford school children without a ride to school on Tuesday.

Hartford police were on scene early Tuesday as several bus drivers on strike blocked school buses from leaving a bus yard on Main Street.

The protest left school children and parents stranded.

“[I’m] angry,” said Doriangelyd Sanchez, a mother. “They not thinking about the children, they thinking about themselves.”

While school was still on for the day, Hartford Public Schools officials said 2,100 students in grades kindergarten through eighth were absent. It’s an absenteeism rate of 15 percent.

That meant the attendance rate was 85 percent for Tuesday, which is lower than the 93 percent average.

Sanchez’s son, Daniel Fernandez, wasn’t able to take the bus Tuesday morning. She said she had take a long walk with him to school while pregnant.

Officials said one school, A.I. Prince High School, had to close for the day.

Parents and students told Eyewitness News that the stoppage upset them.

Dattco’s statement from Monday had some strong words about the work stoppage.

“They have placed their unions agenda ahead of the safety of the school children of the Hartford Public Schools,” the statement read. “We consider this to be a careless and selfish act and not in the best interest of our loyal and professional employees or the Hartford public schools.”

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SEIU busdrivers in Connecticut decided to go on strike leaving the families of thousands of students to scramble to try to find a transportation solution. As a result of the strike, hundreds of students missed school and a pregnant mother had to walk her child to school over a long distance. A dispute between the DATTCO […]

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Did SEIU Steal an Election?

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kpqA Washington State resident alleges that about 1600 people voted illegally in the election to determine whether SeaTac would hike its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Who registered many of these people to vote? SEIU.

A man associated with a group which fought against the city of SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage question’s the legitimacy of the public vote on the issue.

Wenatchee resident Jac Cates, who worked with Common Sense SeaTac, claims about 16-hundred people casting ballots in the election did so illegally.

He says, when canvassing voters, the organization found many were not citizens.

“A lot of them were registered through motor voter.  Also, many of them were registered through SEIU 775.  They were told by the person registering them because it was a local contest that they didn’t have to be citizens, which is false.  And it still is I believe.”

SEIU 775 said it had to register a heavily young, immigrant population to make the vote competitive…

SeaTac was the first municipality in the country to pass a $15 minimum wage in 2013.  It was quickly followed by San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Orange County.  New York and California are phasing in $15 minimum wage  laws at the state level over several years

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A Washington State resident alleges that about 1600 people voted illegally in the election to determine whether SeaTac would hike its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Who registered many of these people to vote? SEIU. A man associated with a group which fought against the city of SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage question’s the legitimacy […]

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Spreading (Other People’s) Wealth Around

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monterey heraldA California county underpaid some SEIU members for several years of overtime work. SEIU and the county worked out a deal under which the county would pay $2900 to all union members rather than the amount owed to individual union members – some of whom are owed  over $100,000. Rather than accept the measly $2900, dozens of SEIU members who were underpaid are suing the county – and their union – to stop the outrageous deal.

Dozens of Santa Clara County social workers filed labor complaints Friday against the county and their union claiming a proposed overtime dispute settlement shortchanges them by tens of thousands of dollars.

SEIU Local 521, which represents the county’s social workers, filed a grievance with the county in 2011, and told its members to keep working overtime shifts while the matter was resolved. The union and county agreed last November to settle for $3.2 million. But the money was to be divided equally among all the 1,1000 members of the social workers unit, each of whom would receive about $2,900.

Christopher Banys, a Palo Alto lawyer representing the 55 workers in the state labor complaints, said the legal action aims to recover what’s owed each individual, some whose paychecks came out to be short more than $100,000 over the years.

“Our goal is to get our clients paid what they are owed and nothing more,” Banys said. “If someone worked $100,000 they ought to be paid that $100,000 and that’s what we going after.”

SEIU representatives did not return calls seeking comment…

Banys said they tried to work with the union to get workers their due pay but met with resistance and opted to take legal action before funds are dispersed en masse to membership.

“The union’s current position makes no sense to anyone I’ve ever told about it,” he said. “The only sense I can make of it is they are trying to spread the money around to all members, and I’m not even sure they all want that — many don’t want to take it away from their brothers and sisters who have earned it.”

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A California county underpaid some SEIU members for several years of overtime work. SEIU and the county worked out a deal under which the county would pay $2900 to all union members rather than the amount owed to individual union members – some of whom are owed  over $100,000. Rather than accept the measly $2900, […]

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