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Daycare Worker: SEIU Lied on Card Check

As we’ve been saying for more than a year, the card check organizing process preferred by union bosses is rife with intimidation — and misinformation. The latest comes from Minnesota, where a daycare worker says SEIU lied to get authorization cards signed. The union officials then turned around with the signed cards to offer a false show of support. Diana Friemann’s letter to the Post-Bulletin alleges:

Members of the Service Employee International Union are attempting to pass a bill called the “Employee Free Choice Act.” This bill would force employers to recognize the “card check process.”

The majority of day-care providers in Minnesota were manipulated into signing cards for the union by being told that if we signed, we would “get more information about the union.” The reality is that by signing, we are giving our support to the union and taking away our voting rights by the societies to which many belong.

These societies are our voices in the Legislature. The manipulative behaviors of the union have tricked many of us. The union is trying to use these cards to show our “support” for their agenda in the Legislature. Their agenda is to gain money for themselves, not to better the child-care industry. I encourage all members of Congress not to support the Employee Free Choice Act.

If the union has the support of day-care providers, we want a fair vote like all Americans deserve, not a card check. In the state of Illinois, only 10 percent of providers who signed cards are union members; 90 percent who signed cards are not union members.

Add that to UNITE HERE’s increasingly visible ethical lapses in card check organizing and people are starting to get a better idea of what’s in store for working Americans if labor leaders can successfully buy political support for the Employee Free Choice Act.

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