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  • SEIU Looks for Return on its Fast Food Investment

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016 by Team

    Earlier this month, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) released its annual Department of Labor disclosures showing a discouraging trend for the union: While it continued to throw money at its multi-million dollar campaign to organize fast food restaurants, membership isn’t increasing notably. The union will continue to throw good money after bad with another […]

  • SEIU Bigwigs Ask Where the New Members Are

    Posted on Apr 04, 2016 by Team

    Since 2012, the Service Employees International Union has been following an approach to stalling the decline of union membership in the private sector that centers on “fast food strikes” organized by public relations firms, worker centers, and proto-labor-unions called “worker organizing committees.” The basic idea? Phase one, make noise; Phase three, new union members. The […]

  • SEIU Busted for Washington Campaign Cash Errors

    Posted on Feb 08, 2016 by Team

    Washington State campaign finance laws are very rigorous in their reporting requirements, and last week, Service Employees International Union Local 775NW (SEIU 775) found out the hard way. The state attorney general (a Democrat, incidentally) had sued SEIU 775 for improper reporting of transfers between the union and its political action committee (SEIU 775 PAC), and […]

  • New SEIU Demonstrations Betray Electoral Motives

    Posted on Nov 10, 2015 by Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), backed by the “workers organizing committees” and worker centers that it funds, are demonstrating against fast-food restaurants they hope to organize today. And while in the past the SEIU wanted to appear at least somewhat distant from the demonstrations the union has funded to the tune of $50 million, […]

  • Toss Another Dead Front Group on the Pile?

    Posted on Jul 06, 2015 by Team

    We had noticed that United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) front group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) had gone fairly quiet. Launched amid great fanfare in November 2011, OUR Walmart may now be headed out to pasture. After a change of leadership at UFCW headquarters, the campaign’s focus is moving from a […]

  • Did Mary Kay Henry Sacrifice Healthcare Workers to Her Political Interests?

    Posted on Jun 23, 2015 by Team

    Service Employees International Union officials are throwing accusations at each other over a major power play by national President Mary Kay Henry in California. Henry is fighting with Dave Regan—President of the United Healthcare Workers local and a Vice President on SEIU’s International Executive Board—for control of 70,000 of Regan’s members. Henry has ordered Regan’s […]

  • SEIU Loud about Fake Strikes, Quiet on Membership Numbers

    Posted on Jun 19, 2015 by Team

    The Service Employees International Union has spent something on the order of $50 million as part of its “Fight for 15” campaign to unionize quick-service restaurants. However, the union isn’t yet collecting much in the way of new dues in response to this massive investment. We found an old SEIU press release from early 2009, […]

  • SEIU’s Amazing Brazilian Adventure

    Posted on May 29, 2015 by Team

    While doing some analysis of how the  Service Employees International Union spends members dues, one item struck us as very odd: SEIU spent $328,000 in 2014 on “legal support for organizing” from a Brazilian law firm, Piza Avogados Associados. (The union has shipped $389,429 in total to the firm over the last four years.) That’s a significant […]