SEIU is back in the news this week, thanks to the Washington Post:
The Service Employees International Union, considered the most influential union in the nation, has notified the union that represents about 220 of its national field staff and organizers that 75 of them are being laid off. In return, the workers’ union, which goes by the somewhat postmodern name of the Union of Union Representatives, has filed unfair labor practices charges against SEIU with the National Labor Relations Board.
“It’s completely hypocritical,” said staff union President Malcolm Harris.
Hypocritical? Yes. Out of character? Not for an organization so focused on expansion that it is willing to trade its members’ welfare for special treatment in secret deals.
Even other unions think SEIU’s tactics are way out of line. Just last week, rival union president John Wilhelm released a statement condemning “an unprecedented campaign of intimidation and harassment of UNITE HERE members, orchestrated by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and its political consultant, Steve Rosenthal.”
Hmm… intimidation and harassment. That sounds familiar.