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

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:

McDonalds recently went on a hiring binge in the U.S., adding 62,000 employees to its roster. The hiring picture doesn’t look quite so rosy for Europe, where the fast food chain is drafting 7,000 touch-screen kiosks to handle cashiering duties. The move is designed to boost efficiency and make ordering more convenient for customers.

While this program hasn’t seen significant implementation the United States yet, it’s certainly something that should be giving workers pause. And the robots aren’t just threatening the jobs of cashiers- they may soon be coming for the line cooks as well:

No longer will they say, “He’s going to end up flipping burgers.” Because now, robots are taking even these ignobly esteemed jobs. Alpha machine from Momentum Machines cooks up a tasty burger with all the fixins. And it does it with such quality and efficiency it’ll produce “gourmet quality burgers at fast food prices.” … San Francisco-based Momentum Machines claim that using Alpha will save a restaurant enough money that it pays for itself in a year, and it enables the restaurant to spend about twice as much on ingredients as they normally would – so they can buy the gourmet stuff. Saving money with Alpha is pretty easy to imagine. You don’t even need cashiers or servers. Customers could just punch in their order, pay, and wait at a dispensing window.

This development could be the absolute death knell for fast food jobs. While experiences may vary, McDonalds isn’t exactly well known for their excellent customer service. In fact, McDonalds ranked  last place in one customer satisfaction survey by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ASCI). So replacing the surly low-wage employee taking your order may not be something consumers even miss in the future. And a machine that isn’t going to strike, protest or create problems for the company is only looking more attractive as pressure from the SEIU increases. One blog had this to say about the automated machines:

Just as in other areas of Western venture – companies exist to make a profit. If a machine can do the same thing for the same price, an owner might like it. If it can, as the company says it can, make a better burger for the same price, s/he will start looking at a spreadsheet, especially in a low margin business. And if it is WAY more productive than employees that want more in their pay than what they are actually worth economically, s/he’s going to schedule a visit for a demonstration.

Seeing as McDonalds is already trending towards automating, it’s a sure bet they’re already looking at these options. Increasing pressure on McDonalds isn’t likely to make them pro-union. Just like we’ve seen before, the “we hate you, so join us” mantra doesn’t engender much support from employers. However in this case, the damage won’t just be a waste of time by the union- it may mean the end of the jobs entirely. Low skill, low income jobs are crucial to helping younger people work their way up the job ladder with experience, particularly those without college degrees. Unfortunately, it seems even fast food jobs will go the way of the elevator operator and gas station attendant. Those jobs, which were taken for granted in years past, are now all but extinct. In our current economy, prospects for unemployed workers seeking low-skill jobs are evaporating by the second. While the “unemployment” numbers go down, those actually without work are still increasing every month. This is even more damaging to communities where the poor economy is already creating serious problems. Taking food-service jobs off the table would wreak even more untold damage on these communities. However, this seems to be exactly what will happen if the SEIU continues their work to increase the minimum wage. And it won’t just stop with fast food- grocery checkout workers are already being replaced with self-checkout machines. Automated cleaning products already exist, and are improving in utility. As technology marches forward, jobs like these will only decrease in number as people are replaced by technology. The biggest question remaining is when that will happen. The fastest way for companies to decide to accelerate their decision to replace people with technology is for the costs of human staff to increase disproportionately to their service. While increasing the minimum wage might benefit those who kept their jobs in the short term, it only hurts the 21.8 million people who can’t find full-time work or have given up looking. In the long term, the SEIU may find their tactic to unionize the fast food workforce succeeded, only to leave them with nobody left to join their union.

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 […]

No, the SEIU is Not the Fastest Growing Union – It’s Shrinking

Service Employees International Union’s 2012 LM-2 shows membership dropped by nearly 45 thousand members- the first drop in 8 years. The SEIU is in trouble.

LM-2 reports show that for the first time in 8 years, the SEIU’s membership has actually decreased, and by nearly 45,000 members. This continues our series examining LM-2s. Last week’s article showed reckless spending by the SEIU far and above what they brought in.

Looking at reports dating back from 2006, the SEIU shows steady growth each year. This trend continues until the 2012 LM-2 report was released:

The SEIU's Rate of Growth and Decline from 2006 to 2012 shows a steady, regular growth every year until 2012.

SEIU’s Rate of Growth/Decline, 2006-2012

This directly contradicts the long-standing claims that the SEIU has made about their growth. As of the posting of this article, the SEIU’s own website is still claiming they are the fastest-growing union:

The Service Employees International Union is the fastest-growing union in North America, focused on uniting workers in the key service sectors to improve their lives and the services they provide.

As the SEIU is not actually growing per their 2012 LM-2, this claim is now provably false. In fact, they can’t even claim they are the least quickly shrinking union- the United Food and Commercial Workers lost fewer workers at 13,000 workers last year.

The union’s website also currently lists their mission statement, which claims the union has 2.1 million members represented:

We are the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

This 2.1 million number is nowhere verified on the LM-2 data. In fact, according to the LM-2 forms dating back to 2000, the SEIU has never claimed 2.1 million members to the government. The highest recorded membership is 1.9 million members in 2011.

SEIU Total Membership 2005-2012

SEIU Total Membership 2005-2012

So where is the union getting this figure from? Did they just make up 200,000 members from thin air, or are there more members they haven’t reported to the government? Unfortunately, the SEIU doesn’t seem to have any explanation for this discrepancy.

The SEIU is also actively peddling this false information publicly. On Tuesday, NPR affiliate KUOW posted an article titled “SEIU: Fastest Growing Union Holds Strong In Washington”. The article provided this description of the union that is provably false:

Nationwide, the percentage of workers who are in unions has dropped to around 11 percent according to January report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s lowest rate in nearly a century. But the Service Employees International Union has been bucking the trend in recent decades – it’s the fastest growing union in the United States.

Since 1996, 1.2 million workers have joined SEIU nationally. Today, SEIU national represents 2.1 million. Here in Washington state the SEUI [sic] has six locals with more than 100,000 members, up from about 40,000 in 2001.

The host of the show repeated this misinformation in the his interview. David Rolf, the SEIU International Vice President and head of the local 775 SEIU branch, was interviewed on the show and did not correct him.

Also, this interview took place a full month after the LM-2 records were released. So either Rolf didn’t know his own union’s membership information, or he didn’t want to admit he knew his own union was shrinking.

The SEIU-UHW is still releasing press releases as recently as May 1st claiming they “part of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s fastest-growing union.” Not only are they repeating the untrue line about the union’s growth, but they have also added 100,000 more unreported workers to their totals.

A Lexis search shows the union has repeated it’s “fastest growing union” line  in press releases since at least 1986. At that time, it was a part of the AFL-CIO and claimed 100 thousand members. That claim has been relayed consistently in press releases in nearly every year since.

Based on the recent drop in membership and the reckless spending our research has uncovered, SEIU members have reason to be alarmed. If the SEIU does not change course soon, they will find themselves in the unenviable position of massive debt, declining membership, and inability to support the few members they’ll have left.

Sources:

2008 SEIU LM-2 Data

2009 SEIU LM-2 Data

2010 SEIU LM-2 Data

2011 SEIU LM-2 Data

2012 SEIU LM-2 Data

Service Employees International Union’s 2012 LM-2 shows membership dropped by nearly 45 thousand members- the first drop in 8 years. The SEIU is in trouble. LM-2 reports show that for the first time in 8 years, the SEIU’s membership has actually decreased, and by nearly 45,000 members. This continues our series examining LM-2s. Last week’s […]

SEIU 2012 LM-2 Financial Report: Union Spent More Than They Brought In

The Service Employees International Union’s 2012 LM-2 receipts show reckless spending- the SEIU increased spending by more than what they brought in.

The latest set of SEIU union financial disclosure reports are in and they show some interesting data.  These reports are filed yearly with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards on the Form LM-2. These forms show that the amount by which their spending increased in 2012 was far above what the SEIU brought in that year.

The SEIU Has a Spending Problem

LM-2 Data shows the SEIU has a spending problem

The SEIU’s total receipts paint a very bad picture for the union – after posting steady gains from 2008-2010, 2011 and 2012 show the union spending more and more money than it brought in. In 2011, the union spent $5.2 Million more than it brought in, and in 2012- $41.8 Million more than it brought in.

This kind of reckless spending with member’s money is unsustainable, and promises bad news for SEIU members in the future. If this is how the SEIU says their money is being spent on publicly available forms, what do you think they might be not telling us? And where will that leave the membership in years to come?

A pattern of deficit spending starting in 2011 and continuing even further in 2012 should concern all SEIU members. Add this to continuing outstanding debts to companies like Bank of America, and declining investments in SEIU pensions, and a very frightening pattern begins to emerge. This is cause for concern to their membership, and should inspire members to look deeper into their leadership’s actions.

Important to note here is that this pattern begins to emerge after SEIU President Mary Kay Henry was elected in 2010. The five years of data show that there was a positive trend of receipts before the last two years under her watch, when Andy Stern was president. Mary Kay Henry’s leadership is showing some significant flaws already- and we’re just starting to scratch the surface of this information.

The SEIU Monitor will be looking further into the LM-2 reports, and you can expect to see more in the upcoming days.

Sources:

2008 SEIU LM-2 Data

2009 SEIU LM-2 Data

2010 SEIU LM-2 Data

2011 SEIU LM-2 Data

2012 SEIU LM-2 Data

The Service Employees International Union’s 2012 LM-2 receipts show reckless spending- the SEIU increased spending by more than what they brought in. The latest set of SEIU union financial disclosure reports are in and they show some interesting data.  These reports are filed yearly with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards on […]

SEIU to Spend $300,000 in Dues for Immigration Reform Ads

In what would seem to be the promotion of a natural enemy, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is launching TV ads to promote a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants:

The Service Employees International Union will begin to air $300,000 in ads nationwide on Wednesday to call for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

“Our immigration system is broken, and Congress has a chance to fix it the fair and accountable way, with back taxes paid, English learned and a real path to citizenship,” a voice says in the ad. “No half measures. Let’s fix it once and for all.”

Naturally, one would assume that unions like the SEIU would be naturally opposed to increased immigration, particularly when unemployment is high. Increase in competition for labor means lower pay and less opportunities. In fact, the inverse has been proven- immigration to the United States has significantly dropped since the economy has been suffering.

An influx of new workers will necessarily decrease the ability for workers as a whole to demand more pay- something the SEIU also seems to want. It doesn’t make economic sense that the SEIU would simultaneously try to increase wages while increasing the work-seeking population, unless the increased pay or population could advantage them directly somehow.

It could be that the SEIU is not as concerned with the employment or pay of their workers as much as they are concerned with the fact that they 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. Even with higher unemployment, their business model remains the same- get as many union members sending in monthly dues as possible. And they’re not afraid to spend their member’s due’s money in the process.

In what would seem to be the promotion of a natural enemy, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is launching TV ads to promote a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants: The Service Employees International Union will begin to air $300,000 in ads nationwide on Wednesday to call for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented […]

SEIU 1199 Hosts Vigil for Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez

SEIU Local 1199 celebrated the life of Hugo Chavez, socialist dictator of Venezuela, with a candlelight vigil through New York on Friday.

SEIU 1199 Celebrates Hugo Chavez with Candlelight Vigil

The Local 1199 chapter of the Service Employees International Union is hosting a candlelight vigil for Hugo Chavez in coordination with The Bolivarian Circle of New York. They started the march in their own personal offices and ending at the statue of Simon Bolivar: (Note, the event has been updated to delete this information, but another article citing this text can be found here)

A Celebration and procession for the life of our comrade Hugo Chávez extraordinary human and revolutionary. Your energy, love and example will not be forgotten. … Join us and spread the word, show your solidarity and support in memory of President Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution … Bring candles will walk to the statue of the Liberator Simon Bolivar in Central Park.

For the SEIU to be so publicly supporting the late president of Venezuela shows that their roots to socialism truly run deep. Unfortunately, Chavez’ policies ultimately hurt the people of Venezuela, and restricted their freedom. RNC spokeswoman Alexandra Franceschi had this to say about Hugo Chavez:

“Chavez systematically cracked down on the basic freedom and liberties of Venezuelans, nationalized private industries, and befriended anti-American dictators like Castro, Ahmadinejad, and Assad. Americans should stand together with the freedom loving people of Venezuela as they hope for a peaceful transition to a democracy, instead of praising the former dictator.”

By endorsing and commemorating Chavez’ life and actions, the SEIU is showing how out-of-touch they really are with today’s workers, and how little they actually understand the consequences of the policies they propose. As we’ve shown again and again, policies the SEIU promotes such as the minimum wage ultimately hurt workers more than they help.

The wrong-headed ideals of Chavez have done little to promote life for the workers of Venezuela, and have often resulted in fewer personal liberties and less freedom. The SEIU would do well to avoid his example.

SEIU Local 1199 celebrated the life of Hugo Chavez, socialist dictator of Venezuela, with a candlelight vigil through New York on Friday. The Local 1199 chapter of the Service Employees International Union is hosting a candlelight vigil for Hugo Chavez in coordination with The Bolivarian Circle of New York. They started the march in their […]

Guilty! SEIU President Tyrone Freeman Convicted for Embezzlement

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU Local 6434 president, has been convicted of embezzlement, tax evasion, mail fraud and more- 14 criminal counts in total. This could mean a jail sentence of up to 180 years for 43-year-old Freeman, who will be sentenced in April.

“This was a case about abuse and betrayal,” U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr. said in a statement after the verdict. “Freeman abused his position as leader of the SEIU, and he betrayed the hardworking people whose interests he was supposed to represent.”

As we’ve stated in our previous SEIU Monitor coverage of the Tyrone Freeman trial, a 180 year sentence is not likely, but hopefully justice will be served for the SEIU members whose dues money he recklessly spent on extravagance for himself.

While many SEIU members were eking out salaries of $9 an hour, Tyrone Freeman was busy embezzling money on top of his $200,000 a year salary. He arranged for special privileges, paid for his wedding in Hawaii, and put personal charges on the SEIU credit card.

But for justice to be truly done, there needs to be a shake-up within the SEIU- Tyrone Freeman was appointed President, and it is highly unlikely that nobody within the SEIU leadership knew about what he was doing with the dues money of rank-and-file membership.

A shakeup of the SEIU leadership is unlikely, but putting Freeman in jail will certainly be a good start.

Tyrone Freeman, former SEIU Local 6434 president, has been convicted of embezzlement, tax evasion, mail fraud and more- 14 criminal counts in total. This could mean a jail sentence of up to 180 years for 43-year-old Freeman, who will be sentenced in April. “This was a case about abuse and betrayal,” U.S. Atty. André Birotte […]

Occupy SEIU, Local 1000 Member Sues Union for Transparency

 In what would seem to be a quixotic quest, SEIU Local 1000 member Mariam Noujaim has spent $18,000 of her own money in an attempt to make the local union’s spending more accountable by personally inspecting their accounting books:

…Noujaim was invoking her right as a union member to see how the union “spends her dues and the dues of other members similarly situated,” specifically financial records and expense reports for 2009 and 2010.
She picked that time frame because that’s when the state imposed three unpaid days per month on state workers, equal to nearly a 14 percent pay cut.
“Let’s see how much of a cut (union leaders) took while we were on those furloughs,” Noujaim said.

To promote her cause, Noujaim created a new group, ironically named Occupy SEIU, which was aimed at bringing attention to SEIU’s bad accounting practices:

While the legal saga played out, Noujaim’s group, dubbed Occupy SEIU, crashed a Local 1000 rally at Cesar Chavez Plaza supporting the national Occupy Wall Street movement. Noujaim, some of her supporters and several paid pickets carried signs at the November event such as, “UNION DUES FOR UNION MEMBERS,” and “SEIU OFFICERS ARE THE 1%!”

This is a particularly forceful jab at the SEIU, which nationally supported the Occupy Wall Street movement and lent many of their member’s support and efforts to the movement. Publicly, the SEIU leadership have embraced the language of the “99%” in many of their publications, speeches and talking points.

However, when it comes to their own organization, they seem to act like the 1% by taking their member’s dues money and spending it on their own purposes without any transparency or oversight. In fact, many of those running the SEIU have salaries that rival those of the 1% they so deride.

See also- SEIU Pays for OccupyDC Offices, Tells Them Not to… Occupy

Fortunately for Noujaim, it seems her group has accomplished something of far more permanence than any other of the SEIU-supported Occupy-style movements:

In July, she wrote up a list of 17 documents for inspection: bank accounts, checks and electronic funds transactions, payments to SEIU’s state and national organizations, emails, redacted W-2 forms and more. Zamora said satisfying the request filled four file boxes.
Barring something unforeseen, Noujaim will see those records Tuesday. She can’t make any copies or take any pictures. She can take notes. The judge also allowed her to take along one person.

The union will have monitors on hand to watch it all.

Noujaim’s dedication deserves praise. She recognized that the SEIU’s leadership takes a “do as I say, not as I do” hypocritical approach with employers was hurting those who they claimed to be standing for- the workers.

Noujaim shows that a single SEIU member can make a difference. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, her notes from the accounting books would show, seeing as the SEIU will very likely be doing all that it can to prevent anything of interest from being read. But the fact that a member has gotten access to their accounting books means that the walls around the SEIU may be falling.

With more members like Noujaim standing for their rights to see what’s going on behind the SEIU’s walls, the SEIU might just have to start practicing what they preach.

 In what would seem to be a quixotic quest, SEIU Local 1000 member Mariam Noujaim has spent $18,000 of her own money in an attempt to make the local union’s spending more accountable by personally inspecting their accounting books: …Noujaim was invoking her right as a union member to see how the union “spends her dues […]

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 […]

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 […]