My home state of Oregon has completed its sale of workers’ rights to the Service Employees International Union. A weak Gov. Ted Kulongoski seeking re-election collected his prize in the lucrative support of SEIU and its government union allies heading into November. His payoff to SEIU was both swift and terrible for the rights of adult foster-care workers.
Steve Law, who has been covering the issue well at the Salem Statesman Journal, reports:
That wasn’t the only reason it was controversial — the process was carried out without even letting workers vote in a real election. Instead, the governor allowed his special interest patrons to “commence collective bargaining with the state and bypass a union-recognition election” because he recognized an anti-democratic “card check” drive by SEIU officials.
Then there’s the final kicker: