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Rigged election?

Union Mismanagement

indybayMembers of an SEIU local in California are claiming that their union’s recent election was rigged and are calling for a new election. They say the union’s president “kept the election a secret and many members did not get their ballots. Only 3500 people voted out of the 48,000 ballots sent out.”

 

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Members of an SEIU local in California are claiming that their union’s recent election was rigged and are calling for a new election. They say the union’s president “kept the election a secret and many members did not get their ballots. Only 3500 people voted out of the 48,000 ballots sent out.”  

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Paying the Price

Union Mismanagement

the olympianBecause two SEIU units failed to follow the law in Washington State, they are having to pay tens of thousands of dollars. One of the units failed to report well over $1 million in political contributions.

A second unit of Service Employees International Union has settled a lawsuit by the state over campaign-disclosure omissions.

…Child-care workers union SEIU 925 agreed to pay $31,715 and its political committee to pay another $4,500, Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office said…

Ferguson’s lawsuit contended the union had failed to report cash and in-kind contributions made from its treasury to its political committee…

A unit of SEIU that represents home health care workers settled last month, agreeing to pay more than $43,000 from its treasury and political committee.

 

 

Investigating a complaint from the Freedom Foundation, a conservative critic of unions, [state Attorney General Bob] Ferguson’s office concluded SEIU 775 NW and its political committee “failed to properly file reports of both in-kind and cash contributions,” the attorney general’s office said in a news release.

The office sued in September, accusing the union of failing to report more than $1.3 million it contributed to its own political committee. The committee did report receiving those donations. But neither side reported the value of services the union provided the committee, including staff time and office space, according to the lawsuit.

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Because two SEIU units failed to follow the law in Washington State, they are having to pay tens of thousands of dollars. One of the units failed to report well over $1 million in political contributions. A second unit of Service Employees International Union has settled a lawsuit by the state over campaign-disclosure omissions. …Child-care […]

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Paying for Sex Change Surgery

Union Mismanagement

insurance business americaSEIU has decided to cover procedures that are medically unnecessary. “A representative of the union stated that it is ‘not the policy of any our health funds to exclude coverage for gender reassignment.’”

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SEIU has decided to cover procedures that are medically unnecessary. “A representative of the union stated that it is ‘not the policy of any our health funds to exclude coverage for gender reassignment.’”

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Hiding Something?

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capconA Michigan SEIU local failed to file its annual report with the US Department of Labor. This local has experienced a number of problems in recent years, including a devastating decline in membership.

“Last year, SEIU’s financial report showed more than an 80 percent drop in members when people taking care of sick relatives and friends were no longer forced to be a part of its scheme,” said Vincent Vernuccio, director of labor policy with Mackinac Center. “This year the union is late on its financial filings and the question is whether there is a good reason. Are they trying to hide something, or are they simply just embarrassed to show another massive loss?”…

In recent years SEIU Healthcare Michigan has experienced internal turmoil, including lawsuits and disputed union elections and lawsuits.

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A Michigan SEIU local failed to file its annual report with the US Department of Labor. This local has experienced a number of problems in recent years, including a devastating decline in membership. “Last year, SEIU’s financial report showed more than an 80 percent drop in members when people taking care of sick relatives and […]

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Wash. Times: Unions agree to cut pension benefits

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WashTimesLogoBy Jeffrey Scott Shapiro

When it comes to standing by the obligation unions made to provide pensions to retirees, UFCW pleaded poverty in persuading Congress to let chronically underfunded union pension plans cut the benefits of workers, including those already retired.

“Declining participation and factors like the Great Recession have created a new reality for Taft-Hartley multiemployer plans wherein many of them are substantially underfunded,” departing UFCW President Joseph T. Hansen wrote to the House Education and the Workforce Committee in a letter this month.

“The simple fact is that in order to save some of the most vulnerable pension plans trustees must be given the ability to slightly reduce benefits. This is the only realistic way to avoid insolvency and preserve as much of the promised pension benefits as possible,” the union boss wrote in a letter urging lawmakers to allow underfunded union pension plans to cut promised benefits.

Numerous other unions, many of them big spenders on the political front, also lobbied for the concession.

Congress obliged in a last-minute deal approved by lawmakers as they fled town for Christmas break. On Dec. 15, President Obama signed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 into law, empowering any multiemployer pension fund — commonly managed by unions — to cut benefits for workers and current retirees if the plan is 20 percent or more underfunded.

In another words, Congress and the president let workers who spent decades toiling away to vest in retirement programs take the hit for union managers who failed to keep pensions fully funded.

In all, more than 10 million U.S. workers rely on multiemployer pension plans. About 1 million of those could get notices next year informing them that the pension benefits they were promised when they signed on to their jobs may be cut. Only those older than 75 get any relief.

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By Jeffrey Scott Shapiro When it comes to standing by the obligation unions made to provide pensions to retirees, UFCW pleaded poverty in persuading Congress to let chronically underfunded union pension plans cut the benefits of workers, including those already retired. “Declining participation and factors like the Great Recession have created a new reality for […]

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Big Shrinkage at SEIU Healthcare Michigan: Not Just the Pool

All Categories | Dirty tactics | Union Mismanagement

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.

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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.

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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 […]

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Tyrone Freeman, SEIU Embezzler, Sentenced to 3 Years in Jail

All Categories | Scandals | Union Mismanagement

Service Employees International Union Local 6434 former president Tyrone Freeman was sentenced to 33 months jail and $150,000 fine for stealing SEIU dues money

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Tyrone Freeman, who we’ve written about often here, has been sentenced to almost 3 years of jail time. The judge ordered Freeman to pay $150,000 in restitution and 33 months of prison for 14 charges, which included embezzlement and fraud.

We’ve discussed the charges, the sentencing and even given you a glimpse into an evening with Freeman, where his extravagance with union member’s dues money is on full display. But one of the most interesting views comes from the LA Times, which offers this insight into the last few moments before the sentencing, where Freeman breaks down in tears:

Before Collins imposed the sentence, Freeman stood before the judge and cried as he asked for leniency, acknowledging that his “bad decisions” hurt the workers and his family.

“May God have mercy on me,” said Freeman, 44, wearing a dark business suit. “I am accountable for these bad decisions.”

On Monday, prosecutors said they believed the sentence for Freeman was fair, although they had asked for a prison term of more than three years. “He abused some of the poorest working-class members of this community,” Assistant U.S. Atty. Elisa Fernandez said.

A rival union whose leaders left the SEIU after resisting efforts to shift some of their members to Freeman’s local welcomed Monday’s sentence. “People in SEIU’s leadership knew there was something wrong in the local for years and did nothing about it,” said John Borsos, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

SEIU Local 6434 and the union’s national office did not respond to requests for comment.

One of the most important factors that brought about the trial and sentencing of Tyrone Freeman was the promulgation of the Department of Labor’s Form LM-2 regulation. This regulation for the first time disclosed detailed union financial information. This disclosure regulation was strongly opposed by unions.

It was because a whistleblower took a look at the Form LM-2 and recognized that something was wrong that investigators began reviewing the union’s expenses. As quoted earlier, it had been obvious to the SEIU International union that something was wrong, but nothing was done. To the SEIU, petty theft is not as significant of a problem as bad publicity.

This fits with the theory of SEIU responsibility, which is that as long as your problems don’t extend to the point of harming the overall union, they won’t call you out. In fact they would prefer to have something negative to hold over  leaders like Tyrone Freeman, so that they can later penalize and replace them if they act out of line. After all, if they do nothing wrong, it’s much harder to replace them with someone friendlier to their goals.

The SEIU has a long history of fighting transparency measures. You can see that in some of our previous articles. This case, however, shows how long they’re willing to go before calling out one of their own members. Tyrone Freeman would’ve never gotten away with what he did without a complacence atmosphere of SEIU corruption telling him that it was okay.

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU 6434 President, now faces nearly 3 years jail time and a $150,000 fine

Service Employees International Union Local 6434 former president Tyrone Freeman was sentenced to 33 months jail and $150,000 fine for stealing SEIU dues money Tyrone Freeman, who we’ve written about often here, has been sentenced to almost 3 years of jail time. The judge ordered Freeman to pay $150,000 in restitution and 33 months of […]

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SEIU Blasts Government Shutdown as Local 1 Strikes over Obamacare Cuts

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SEIU-government-shutdown-obamacareService Employees International Union issues press release blasting Republicans over government shutdown while SEIU Local 1 strikes on Obamacare-caused cuts.

The federal government shutdown of non-essential workers has many confused and frustrated, not the least of which is the SEIU. Not only does the union represent many of those being furloughed, but the government shutdown is largely caused because of disagreement over the Affordable Healthcare Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

In response to the government shutdown, the SEIU issued this strongly worded press release attacking Congressional Republicans for allowing the shutdown to go into effect. SEIU president Mary Kay Henry was quoted as saying:

Our immediate thoughts are with the working people who are furloughed and will lose needed income, including the 700 SEIU security officers in the Washington D.C [sic] metropolitan region, as well as the millions more who will feel the effects of a shutdown in their lives and their local economies.

The press release goes on to praise Obamacare, declaring that since it is an established law, it shouldn’t be treated as a “political pawn”. The press release doesn’t go so far as to mention that the  SEIU has gone so far as to pay members to protest for Obamacare and has consistently held water in advocating for the Act.  So not only is the SEIU self-interested in the workers affected by the government shutdown, but they also seem to have a stake in the legislation as well.

What makes the timing of this particular press release particularly interesting, is that it comes at the same time as SEIU Local 1 in Columbus is going on strike- over cuts caused by Obamacare. We’ve previously covered other Obamacare-related strikes by the SEIU, but this one gets major points for style:

SEIU Local 1 members – supported on September 24 by members of other labor unions and other leftists including illegal-immigrant union spokesman Jamal Gilcrease – are on strike to “defend their rights,” noting that they “struggle to make ends meet despite the fact that they clean the offices of some the [sic] richest companies in the city.”


French, paid $76,221 with money taken from SEIU members last year, explained to Media Trackers that employers’ plans to cut Columbus janitors’ hours due to Obamacare mandates were merely the “latest excuse in a long line of many that we’ve seen from corporate America” to “take money out of the middle class workers’ pocket.”

SEIU local unions are protesting the effects of Obamacare as they begin to feel the pinch of it’s effects. Meanwhile, SEIU International continues to put their political priorities above their workers. This support comes despite the fact they may lose a major boon to recruitment through the loss of their competitive healthcare plans. The SEIU seems to be on the path of shutdown themselves, and they aren’t self-aware enough to see it coming.

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Service Employees International Union issues press release blasting Republicans over government shutdown while SEIU Local 1 strikes on Obamacare-caused cuts. The federal government shutdown of non-essential workers has many confused and frustrated, not the least of which is the SEIU. Not only does the union represent many of those being furloughed, but the government shutdown […]

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An Evening with the SEIU’s Tyrone Freeman

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Tyrone Freeman, a leader of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, was found guilty on 14 counts of theft of dues money from his own  union workers. But what all did he do? This is just a glimpse into a night with a corrupt union boss: Read More

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Tyrone Freeman, a leader of the Service Employees International Union or SEIU, was found guilty on 14 counts of theft of dues money from his own  union workers. But what all did he do? This is just a glimpse into a night with a corrupt union boss:

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SEIU “Fight for $15” Minimum Wage Will Destroy Fast Food Jobs

All Categories | Union Mismanagement

seiu-robot-fast-food-minimum-wageThe Service Employees International Union targets McDonalds in their “Fight for 15,” but the SEIU’s campaign could destroy the jobs they’re trying to unionize.

As we previously discussed, the SEIU’s “Fight for 15” program is not likely to ever make it into the legislative agenda. At best, it’s a quixotic and cynical publicity ploy intended to encourage people to join unions and pressure employers. The similarities to their allied movement, Occupy Wall Street, are abundant. However often unmentioned are the potential negative side effects of raising the minimum wage – and not just when it comes to increasing unemployment. If the SEIU were to ever actually reach their $15 per hour minimum wage goal, they may find they have nobody left to unionize. As we speak, McDonald’s is investing in infrastructure to change the way that people interact with their fast food- rather than interacting with an employee, you may be giving your order to a machine in the near future: Read More

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The Service Employees International Union targets McDonalds in their “Fight for 15,” but the SEIU’s campaign could destroy the jobs they’re trying to unionize. As we previously discussed, the SEIU’s “Fight for 15” program is not likely to ever make it into the legislative agenda. At best, it’s a quixotic and cynical publicity ploy intended […]

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