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  • 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 […]

  • SEIU Boss (Finally) Acknowledges Silenced Conservative Members

    Posted on Jan 12, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we noted last week, Big Labor is already preparing for a possible big blow in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case that could allow millions of public-sector employees to opt out of mandatory union dues. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is no exception. Appearing on David Axelrod’s radio show last week, Mary Kay Henry, president […]

  • Teacher Union Case Carries Employee Rights to Supreme Court

    Posted on Jan 07, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Monday of next week (January 11) marks a major milestone in the effort to bring employee rights in the workplace to teachers and other public-sector employees. The Supreme Court will hear a case titled Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al., brought by California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs (and other teachers) against her National Education Association-affiliated […]

  • New Analysis: Dues Money Goes to Causes That Union Members Don’t Support

    Posted on Nov 13, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Union political spending is widely discussed but poorly understood. Much is made of the millions of dollars in contributions that union PACs make, of which roughly 90 percent go to Democrats while roughly 40 percent of union families support Republicans. Unions argue that this isn’t an issue because those contributions are opt-in. However, unions also have […]