News Roundup: Labor Spins For Damage Control
Labor’s Dizzying Spin on BLS Numbers
Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times gives organized labor an outlet to deny that the emperor has no clothes. In his follow-up piece on the unquestionably devastating drop in union membership last year, Greenhouse highlights labor’s gains in California and among Latinos. But even with this outlet, Greenhouse is quite fair in highlighting the collapse of labor in the Midwest and refuting the claim that union households would reluctantly respond to the survey by Bureau of Labor Statistics.
CA SEIU Leader Convicted of Embezzlement and Other Crimes
Tyrone Freeman, former president of SEIU Local 6434, was found guilty by a jury of his peers for embezzlement, mail fraud, false statements, and tax fraud. Freeman’s schemes included illegal reimbursement payments, using the union credit card to pay for his expenses and a vacation, routing money through a nonprofit to himself, and lying to a bank about the local covering his monthly expenses and car lease payments. The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) wasted no time in attacking their rivals, calling Freeman’s actions “outrageous.”