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 […]

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 […]

Cringeworthy: Pointless SEIU Video Parodies “Call Me Maybe” (VIDEO)

We apologize in advance for any involuntary shudders you may experience while watching this video, but in this case, it’s one of those things you need to see to believe.

The first portion of the video explains that at a Congressional Hearing in June 2012, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon had promised that he would set up a phone call with a local SEIU  janitor, Adriana Vasquez, to discuss wages for janitors.

What’s interesting is the part where the video begins- where the SEIU says that “despite multiple calls, she hasn’t heard back.” In response, the SEIU mounted an elaborate publicity campaign claiming Dimon hadn’t contacted her, using a riff off the (arguably overplayed) pop song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen calling it “Call Me Jamie.”

The SEIU would go on to make a full online campaign culminating with this video showing janitors dancing with mops to prove a point- that JP Morgan Chase needed to fulfill their promise.

But according to CNBC, JPMorgan Chase actually did reach out to the SEIU:

JPMorgan Chase tells me Vasquez has never called. Ever. The bank says after Dimon’s testimony, JPMorgan representatives asked Vasquez for her number, but they claim she refused to provide it. They also say they followed up with the SEIU. “If she calls us, we will call her back,” says a bank representative.

Not only that, but JPMorgan isn’t responsible for paying their janitors- Chase Building, the building Vasquez works in, “merely has a Chase branch inside. The firm says it has nothing to do with managing the building or contracting out the cleaning crews.”

Ultimately, JPMorgan did finally get in touch with Vasquez. A JPMorgan representative met with Vasquez, and presumably slowly and patiently explained that JPMorgan did not, in fact, control their pay, and that the owners of the building should be the target of their campaign rather than the tenants of the building.

So it appears that the SEIU, rather than taking their phone call or listening to reason, would rather create websites and petitions and poorly choreographed dance routines embarrassing their members than actually working with the employer. It’s this kind of move by the union that creates antagonism rather than happy endings. When unions act like this, it’s not much of a surprise that union membership is declining and more are opting to work directly with employers than through a union.

It’s also worth noting that at the time this article is being published, there are just over 1,800 views of the video- even after it was posted on the CNBC website. There’s no word on how many petitions were signed, or visitors went to the website (which has since expired), but based on the poor viewership of the video, one has to imagine it was not a highly successful campaign. Also not known is the time and money that went into the production of the video, website or petitions.

What is clear is that the SEIU spent member’s time and dues money to create a pointless campaign that did nothing besides antagonize the employer, embarrass their members and waste time before anyone could realize that JPMorgan was not, in fact, responsible for paying the janitors.

At least they had the forethought to disable comments on the video.

We apologize in advance for any involuntary shudders you may experience while watching this video, but in this case, it’s one of those things you need to see to believe. The first portion of the video explains that at a Congressional Hearing in June 2012, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon had promised that he would […]

Update: SEIU Forced by NLRB to Leave Chapman Medical Center

Following the NLRB investigation of SEIU coercion at the Chapman Medical Center we previously posted about, the NLRB has signed a settlement between the SEIU and Chapman for the SEIU to remove their representation. As we’ve said before, this is a victory for workers who would otherwise be forced into paying dues they didn’t want to pay to go to a union they didn’t support.

Mark Mix, the president of the National Right to Work group who provided legal services for Chapman’s employees, had this to say:

Schemes like this show that the ultimate goal of union officials is more forced dues collected from workers, even when rank-and-file employees want nothing to do with the union.

From the SEIU’s actions here, Mix’s statement has an undeniable ring of truth. As we’ve discussed before, the SEIU appears to be moving from a system of employee representation to a mechanism for the union’s leadership to continue to collect dues from as many groups as possible with a minimum of expense.

This time, the employees were able to stand up and have the union removed from their work. As to whether the next group of employees will be so fortunate, that’s up to groups like NRTW and others. The SEIU certainly seems not to be changing course any time soon.

Following the NLRB investigation of SEIU coercion at the Chapman Medical Center we previously posted about, the NLRB has signed a settlement between the SEIU and Chapman for the SEIU to remove their representation. As we’ve said before, this is a victory for workers who would otherwise be forced into paying dues they didn’t want […]

SEIU Frantically Emails Members to Fight… Against Getting Raises

Yesterday at around lunchtime, Mary Kay Henry, President of Service Employees International Union, issued an emergency email to her SEIU email list, with an urgent call to action:

Collective bargaining rights are under attack – again.

The “RAISE Act,” introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is yet another attempt to undermine the rights of workers to bargain collectively. The bill, which goes to a vote today, would take away employees’ rights to negotiate contracts that create a uniform, fair process for granting wage increases. Employers would be allowed to ignore what they agreed to in collective bargaining agreements – and that’s not fair.

Henry seems awfully concerned about this bill, which, to the untrained eye, would seem like a massive infringement on worker’s rights, allowing employers to run roughshod over workers and treat them poorly despite the best efforts of the union.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Looking at the actual text of Rubio’s RAISE Act, the operative section reads that no union agreement “shall prohibit an employer from paying an employee in the unit greater wages, pay, or other compensation for, or by reason of, his or her services as an employee of such employer, than provided for in such contract or agreement.”

In layman’s terms, it allows employers to give raises to employees. And the SEIU is fighting it.

The SEIU must see this act as taking away their power to decide for the employees who should get raises and who shouldn’t, as opposed to allowing the employers to make the decision. They see it as an infringement on their power, and they don’t care if the employees are paid less in the process- they want the power.

This is the opposite of the interests a union is supposed to pursue. Rather than prioritizing their own power, they should be watching out for their employees. Perhaps this is why union membership is dropping across the country in ever-increasing rates – people are realizing the union does not stand with them.

Although the RAISE Act has not had major action on it since April 26th, when it was referred to committee, it is being offered as Amendment 2166 to the Farm Bill, S. 3240.  The amendment will likely be voted on today.

Yesterday at around lunchtime, Mary Kay Henry, President of Service Employees International Union, issued an emergency email to her SEIU email list, with an urgent call to action: Collective bargaining rights are under attack – again. The “RAISE Act,” introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), is yet another attempt to undermine the rights of workers […]

SEIU Hypocrisy: Leaders Bash Bank Cards, Make Bank on Cards

It appears that SEIU’s bosses have been speaking out of both sides of their mouth when it comes to credit cards.

In a Change.org petition, SEIU’s Stephen Lerner singled out Bank of America for their credit cards:

Banks like Bank of America built a business model on screwing customers, pushing dangerous products, and burying customers in more and more debt.

SEIU also set up a “bankwatch” page, asking members to tell them if they see “risky practices” at their bank, including behaviors like the following:

  • Pressure from management to sell credit cards and other banking products with unfair rates or traps in the fine print,”
  • Pressure to mislead customers about the dangers and risks associated with credit cards, mortgages, “overdraft protections” and other products …
  • New products designed to push consumers further into debt.

So one could be forgiven for reacting with complete surprise to the fact that the SEIU has their very own “SEIU New Rewards Visa Card,” and downright shocked that it fits many of the descriptions of what the SEIU was railing against.

Credit card rating company NerdWallet.com had this to say about the Union Plus card:

We are appalled at the popularity of the Union Plus Credit Card, issued by HSBC. The UnionPlusCard website states that nearly 2 million people carry this card, but after analyzing the terms, we are perplexed as to why anyone in their right minds would apply for the card.

Since the card is geared toward union members, and specifically offers discounts and benefits for union members, we can only imagine that the card is popular solely because of clever marketing.  Much like card companies make a killing offering sub-standard credit cards for college students by aggressively marketing on campuses, Union Plus and HSBC probably work with union leaders to target their members.

So why would the SEIU be pushing a credit card that so aptly fits the description of what they spend so much time fighting against? One word summarizes it here—Greed.

Business Insider had this to say about the SEIU’s new cashflow source:

The Union Plus program is nothing special; it offers rates and fees comparable to other programs offered by Chase.  The only difference is the fee given to the Union when a member signs up.  Thus far, the Union Plus mortgage program has directed more than 80,000 mortgages to Chase.

Beyond the irony and hypocrisy of labor unions being transformed into financial services providers, this new reality creates a massive conflict of interest for union bosses.

By fostering the illusion that union-backed financial products are somehow better and less “predatory” than non-union products, Big Labor is making big bucks.  But when union bosses become the middleman, their interests become boosting revenues from banks and credit card companies, not brokering a better deal for union members.

It’s hypocrisy, pure and simple. The SEIU has taken the trust of its members and turned it into a revenue stream, taking advantage of the same practices they decry in Wall Street.

Members of the SEIU should see right through this blatant lie, and know better than to trust their leaders as they say one thing and then do another. It’s clear the SEIU’s leadership doesn’t hold their members in high regard.

Hat tip to Brett McMahon.

It appears that SEIU’s bosses have been speaking out of both sides of their mouth when it comes to credit cards. In a Change.org petition, SEIU’s Stephen Lerner singled out Bank of America for their credit cards: Banks like Bank of America built a business model on screwing customers, pushing dangerous products, and burying customers […]

SEIU Pays for New OccupyDC Offices, Instructs them not to… Occupy

Not content with creating jobs for Occupy Wall Street lawbreakers, the Service Employees International Union has decided to put up offices for their organizers, to the tune of $24,000 over the next 6 months:

The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama’s most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three offices the Occupy protesters will use for at least the next six months to plan future demonstrations, organize and host workshops.

The offices are at the Institute for Policy Studies, a nonprofit progressive group headquartered at 16th and L streets NW, amid the major law firms, trade groups and lobbying shops that Occupiers have spent the past seven months denouncing. The offices are just a short distance from the tent city Occupy DC established in McPherson Square in October.

Occupiers moved into their new digs Monday. The SEIU will pay the rent for six months, said John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies.

One particular irony the article fails to address is the image that came with the article:

That’s right- the sign adorning the new offices of the Occupy movement includes a rule against… Occupying.
Also fascinating is that the sign also instructs members not to do drugs or engage in physical violence, sexual acts, sexual harassment, vandalism, disrespectand SLEEPING (emphasis not added). What’s fascinating is that every single one of these specific acts have been observed and reported happening at Occupy events across the country.Apparently SEIU wants to have their movement, and ignore its faults as well. It will be interesting to see whether this project continues, or if they’ll treat the property like they treated the Brooklyn house for the “Occupy Our Homes” project- by completely trashing the place.Unfortunately, it seems that SEIU has turned a blind eye to the reality of the OWS movement’s behaviors. At very least, they should stop funding the movement with their member’s dues money.

Not content with creating jobs for Occupy Wall Street lawbreakers, the Service Employees International Union has decided to put up offices for their organizers, to the tune of $24,000 over the next 6 months: The Service Employees International Union, one of Obama’s most vocal supporters among labor groups, is paying $4,000 a month for three […]

Shocking video- SEIU Members Admit Being Paid $20 to Protest for Obamacare

In the debate surrounding the Affordable Healthcare Act, widely known as Obamacare, much was made about the “Astroturf” Tea Party members who were opposed to the massive government healthcare takeover. However, as this shocking video demonstrates, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is directly paying individuals, and in a shady brown envelope no less.

“That’s why they gave us that $20 to spend… in that brown envelope”

What’s surprising about this is that the SEIU has previously called out conservative groups as “fake grassroots” in 2009, accusing their conservative counterparts of being dishonest:

Astroturfing by conservative opponents of reform is particularly dishonest because it masks the true motivations of the powerful interests–like the desire of industries to maintain the status quo.

Now that the SEIU has been caught red-handed, you can expect them to try to ignore this story despite the clear hypocrisy and dishonesty of their own actions. The SEIU is a powerful interest indeed, representing approximately 2.1 million members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

What you may not know is that according to Mary Kay Henry, President of the SEIU, about 30% of SEIU members vote Republican, and an additional 20% are independents. And yet all of their dues money goes to pay for the SEIU’s considerable political operations, which go to predominantly left-wing causes that are entirely unrelated to the working needs of their members.

The SEIU is spending their members dues money on issues that have nothing to do with salaries or working conditions. On top of that, they’re paying people to protest, after accusing anti-Obamacare groups of being “Astroturf”. This is not only a poor use of dues money, but dishonest and hypocritical as well.

In the debate surrounding the Affordable Healthcare Act, widely known as Obamacare, much was made about the “Astroturf” Tea Party members who were opposed to the massive government healthcare takeover. However, as this shocking video demonstrates, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is directly paying individuals, and in a shady brown envelope no less. “That’s […]