Our Executive Director took to The Washington Times op-ed page this week to call out a bit of Service Employees International Union (SEIU)-backed “shutdown theater” and the front group used to do it. He writes:
On Wednesday, several dozen unionized workers assembled at the World War II Memorial in an effort to share the stage with many of our nation’s veterans […] While the demonstration had many of the hallmarks of a protest coordinated by a labor union, Good Jobs Nation is merely the latest entrant into the burgeoning movement of so-called “worker centers.” These groups, which have stolen national headlines in recent months with nationwide protests at fast-food and retail outlets, are the brainchild of labor leaders who have seen their membership and relevance precipitously decline in recent years.
Labor unions like SEIU have taken to using worker centers like Good Jobs Nation to get around National Labor Relations Act protections of non-union employees and employers. For one thing, worker centers may picket and pressure for more than 30 days without proving they have majority support. Worker centers are also not required by labor law to give workers voices by votes on whether to strike and on who should be the centers’ officers.
In addition to Good Jobs Nation, SEIU is known to back the national Jobs With Justice network, the “Fight for 15” fast food strike groups including Fast Food Forward in New York, and Wisconsin Jobs Now. Since the Change to Win model has gone from labor’s SEIU-led savior to “basically…dead,” the SEIU sees worker centers as its next big stalking horse to stop Big Labor’s decline in the workforce.