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SEIU’s Running Scared, Foiled by Google

Apparently the Service Employees International Union is trying to cover up its involvement in the Blagojevich scandal. Last week I linked to a website called “SEIU Kids First,” which featured an article praising Blagojevich for signing over 49,000 state childcare workers to the union. It was accompanied by a fantastic photo of SEIU President grinning as Blagojevich signed over $14 million in annual income (I’d be happy too).

Well, this morning after the Wall Street Journal reported on the controversy, the webpage vanished. But thanks to the Google Cache, we can still see the page.

Nice try, SEIU. You can run, but you can’t hide.

Here is the text of the page, in case they also request that Google delete the page from its cache:

Illinois gov. signs first-ever contract

On March 9, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the first contract for 49,000 family child care providers who joined together last year in SEIU Local 880. SEIU providers negotiated with the state to improve services for the 200,000 children in their care.

The new agreement is expected to stem the loss of experienced providers in Illinois by providing better training, quality incentives, wage improvements, and first-time access to affordable health insurance for thousands of providers.

Posted on 03-9-2006

As a side note, this is not the first time a union deleted a website after I linked to. This summer I linked to a couple of union websites that suggested that unions typically collect cards from more than 60% of a bargaining unit before petitioning the NLRB for an election, thus bypassing secret ballot elections under EFCA. Shortly thereafter, the Teamsters also deleted the page I linked to.

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