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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 […]

  • Downfall of an SEIU Boss

    Posted on Mar 04, 2016 by 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • SEIU Organizer Allegedly Beats Up NYPD

    Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by Team

    We’ve noted before that unions are desperately trying to shake off their well-deserved reputation as “thugs.” Unfortunately for their rebranding effort, union bosses just can’t seem to get out of the old habit of physical violence, with an SEIU Local 32BJ organizing coordinator charged with numerous offenses relating to him allegedly assaulting New York City […]

  • Astroturfing a Worker Center 101

    Posted on Nov 13, 2013 by Team

    We’ve suspected that “worker centers” leading the walkouts of fast food restaurants and big-box retailers are union front groups, and evidence continues to pour in that not only are unions bankrolling the campaign, but unions are also deeply involved in strategy, organizing, and tactics. Two new items of evidence have come out in the past […]

  • Fast Food Walkouts Spell “Strike” S.E.I.U.

    Posted on May 13, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Recently, a number of groups taking the form of “worker centers” have staged walkouts of fast food restaurants in several cities. The most prominent has been Fast Food Forward in New York City, but Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit have also seen some activity. The Detroit Free Press reports on events in that city: Organizers […]

  • Kaiser Permanente SEIU Scrum Shows Labor’s Weakness

    Posted on Apr 30, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Usually when the SEIU is in a (figurative) dogfight with another group, it isn’t another union. In California though, the SEIU is fighting another union (the National Union of Healthcare Workers or NUHW) for the right to represent employees of Kaiser Permanente hospitals. SEIU, which lost 45,000 members last year, currently represents Kaiser employees, but […]