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Category Archive: SEIU

  • SEIU Faces Largest Decertification Vote in History

    Posted on Jul 22, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    A group of Minnesota home health care workers have embarked on a campaign to decertify the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Minnesota that currently represents them. Launching their decertification effort on Monday, they seek to extricate roughly 27,000 home health care professionals across the state from the SEIU. If successful, it would be the largest decertification vote in history. […]

  • In-N-Out Learns a Lesson on Taking the “High Road”

    Posted on Jul 15, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you’ve ever been to an In-N-Out, you’ll know that the company’s distinct style consists of two colors: Red and white. From the employee uniforms to the paper to-go bags all the way down to the bathroom tiles, everything is similar. No longer. This month, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that […]

  • SEIU Goes Rogue, Confronts Climate Change

    Posted on Jun 01, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    “[L]eaving oil, nautral gas, and other fossil fuels in the ground kills jobs, drives up energy costs, and threatens to strangle our economy.”—Laborers’ International Union (LIUNA) President Terry O’Sullivan   “We know first-hand that our fights for economic, racial, and immigrant justice are inextricably linked to the fight for environmental justice.”—Service Employees International Union (SEIU) […]

  • SEIU Fights for $15…and a Union?

    Posted on May 06, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has long puppeteered the push for a $15 minimum wage. As we’ve noted before, the SEIU has spent as much as $80 million on the Fight for $15 since the campaign began in 2012. But the SEIU’s fight is for “$15 and a union.” That second part is key: The union’s end […]

  • SEIU Looks for Return on its Fast Food Investment

    Posted on Apr 14, 2016 by LaborPains.org 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 LaborPains.org 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 […]

  • Downfall of an SEIU Boss

    Posted on Mar 04, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    How does a union boss lose power? Contrary to the claims of union supporters, this only rarely happens by the electoral action of membership. (Union internal elections are so problematic that the federal government had to enter voluntary compliance agreements with 24 unions that had to re-run their elections in 2015 because of irregularities—and that […]

  • SEIU Busted for Washington Campaign Cash Errors

    Posted on Feb 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org 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 […]