SEIU Members Determined to Break Free

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.

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. […]

SEIU Doesn’t Care about Kids

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.”

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 […]

Did SEIU Steal an Election?

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

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 […]

Spreading (Other People’s) Wealth Around

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, 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.”

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, […]

Trying to Kill Jobs

Obsessed with supposed global warming, SEIU is supporting radical environmental legislation which would kill jobs and make electricity more costly and less reliable.

SEIU 32BJ, 1199 and the CWA are joining a labor-environmental coalition urging New York state lawmakers to pass the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act.

The coalition will be rallying in Albany Wednesday in support of the climate bill, which it describes as the strongest climate protection bill in the U.S.

Declaring that global warming is a working people’s issue, the coalition says this legislation “guarantees 100 percent clean, renewable energy, good jobs and justice for communities hardest hit” by climate change. The coalition says the climate bill would “create legally-enforceable emissions standards, invest in green infrastructure and good green jobs and set New York on the path towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.”

Obsessed with supposed global warming, SEIU is supporting radical environmental legislation which would kill jobs and make electricity more costly and less reliable. SEIU 32BJ, 1199 and the CWA are joining a labor-environmental coalition urging New York state lawmakers to pass the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act. The coalition will be rallying […]

Shady

SEIU filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board to enforce an agreement that was not finalized.

In a complaint filed with the NLRB, the union claimed it reached an agreement with Prime in November 2014 on all of the substantive and material terms of a collective bargaining agreement for 1,100 employees at Encino (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif., and Garden Grove (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center. After terms of the deal were set, Prime failed to execute the collective bargaining agreement, according to SEIU-UHW.

Prime disputed the union’s claims and argued the parties never agreed on the material terms of the collective bargaining agreement and execution of an agreement was contingent on certain factors that were not met…

The hospital network maintains that the parties never reached an agreement. “In fact, the evidence before the administrative law judge included an e-mail from the union’s chief negotiator stating that the parties had never finalized the agreement,” said Ms. [Elizabeth] Nikels [spokeswoman for Prime].

SEIU filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board to enforce an agreement that was not finalized. In a complaint filed with the NLRB, the union claimed it reached an agreement with Prime in November 2014 on all of the substantive and material terms of a collective bargaining agreement for 1,100 employees at Encino […]

Another SEIU Local Wants to Decertify

In just two days, over half of the members of an SEIU local in California signed onto an effort to decertify their union. Some members feel that they get very little for the money sent to SEIU, and some disagree with SEIU’s political views. The decertification campaign is being led by the SEIU local’s former president.

Former classified union president Danielle Nunes announced April 5 that the local workforce is fed up with paying thousands of dollars in annual dues to its Service International Employees Union brethren while getting little in return. The local unit has thus begun the process of decertification.

The local leader told Morgan Hill Unified School District staff and board of education trustees during the April 5 meeting that the 314-strong classified employee unit wants to seek representation from another union or form one amongst themselves.

“We pay $130,000 per year in union dues to SEIU San Jose and feel we don’t get any representation in exchange,” said Nunes, who served as chief steward for Local 521 for five years but is now devoting her time to lead the decertification movement. “This has been coming for a while.”

Nunes noted that she has already collected about 200 signatures from members in only two days for the needed 30 percent of its membership…

Nunes cited a lack of support from the San Jose unit, as well as differing political views, as major reasons for their push to decertify from SEIU 521…

Nunes said that the San Jose office is aware of Morgan Hill’s intention to decertify and, since learning about it, has attempted to become more active in South County. But it is “classic day late, dollar short,” Nunes said.

The local unit, which would remain independent for one year before finding another bargaining union to join, is not the first to decertify from the union.

In just two days, over half of the members of an SEIU local in California signed onto an effort to decertify their union. Some members feel that they get very little for the money sent to SEIU, and some disagree with SEIU’s political views. The decertification campaign is being led by the SEIU local’s former president. Former classified union […]

SEIU’s Stubbornness Costs Jobs

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

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

Trying to Kill Jobs and Raise Prices

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

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

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

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

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

Caregiver Blasts SEIU’s “Greed”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kocourek shares Lewis’ frustrations.

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

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