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Michigan SEIU Branch Allowed To Keep Millions Taken From Home Health Care Workers

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Michigan court ruled that the state branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union does not have to pay back tens of millions of dollars in dues taken from home health care workers who were forced into unionization.

  The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled last week that the SEIU Healthcare Michigan does not have to pay back more than $34 million in dues collected from over 40,000 home health care workers. Many were forced into the union under state requirements that they join because they were taking care of sick family members at home.

  The SEIU successfully lobbied for the plan in multiple states that classified unpaid family members as “home health care workers.” Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients’ Medicare or Medicaid checks. “

 

 

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Higher Fast-Food Wages: Higher Fast-Food Prices

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Union activists want to raise the minimum wage in the fast-food industry to $15 an hour. However, fast-food restaurants operate on very small profit margins; they could only afford such wages by raising prices—significantly. Higher prices would, in turn, drive customers away, forcing even larger price increases to cover costs. Ultimately, the average fast-food restaurant would have to raise prices by nearly two-fifths. This would cause sales to drop by more than one-third, and profits to fall by more than three-quarters. Absent the widespread adoption of labor-saving technology, the union-led “Fight for 15” would make fast food much more expensive for Americans.

Fight for 15

  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched an expensive PR campaign calling for wages of at least $15 an hour in the fast-food industry. This Fight for 15 is part of a larger SEIU pressure campaign to unionize fast-food restaurants.[1] Hundreds of union activists have staged “walkouts” and protests across the country demanding the higher pay rate. These protests have attracted considerable media attention. However, if the SEIU achieved its stated goal, it would hurt the budgets of millions of moderate-income Americans.

No, Fast-Food Joints Cannot Absorb Cost Increases

  Artificially inflating wages would substantially increase fast-food restaurants’ total costs—labor makes up a considerable portion of their budget. Chart 1 shows the financial statements of the average fast-food restaurant in 2013. Labor costs (26 percent) and food and material costs (31 percent) make up the majority of the typical restaurant budget.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average cook in a fast-food restaurant earned $9.04 an hour in 2013.[2] The SEIU’s push for $15 an hour would consequently raise fast-food wages by at least 66 percent. Paying $15 an hour would raise fast-food restaurants’ total costs by approximately 15 percent.[3] “

 

 

    As usual the costs of this proposed feel good legislation would be borne on the backs of those least able to afford it , the lower and middle income segments of society and not the well-to-do do-gooders pushing the measure .

 

 

” The higher labor costs would initially force fast-food restaurants to raise their prices by 15 percent, which would drive down sales by 14 percent. This would force restaurants to raise prices again, pushing sales down further. In equilibrium the average fast-food restaurant would have to raise prices 38 percent.[10] Prices would rise roughly twice as much as the initial increase in labor costs.[11] Total sales and hours worked would both fall by 36 percent. Fast-food restaurant owners would also have to accept a 77 percent reduction in profits in order to stay in business—leaving them with an average profit of just $6,100 a year per store. Otherwise they would have to raise prices to an extent that would drive away their customer base.

  These changes would hurt consumers. Americans would face higher fast-food prices, putting a dent into the budgets of everyone who frequently eats fast food—primarily moderate-income consumers, not the wealthy, who do not regularly eat fast food.”

 

 

James Sherk and Heritage show the impact of a $15 wage for the unskilled .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irony: George Soros-Funded Media Matters Fights Unionization

 

 

 

” George Soros-funded Media Matters for America , a far-left progressive group that has as one of their top priorities to attack FOX News, is taking a very unprogressive-like stance on labor unions. While MMFA has in the past taken a strong stance against secret ballot union elections, especially if it involved an opportunity to attack the GOP and conservatives, when it comes to their organization, they are not only in support of the secret ballot; they are forcing it. 

  The Washington Free Beacon  reported that Maryland based SEIU Local 500 filed papers to unionize at MMFA with the National Labor Relations Board. As workers prepare to vote on whether to join SEIU, George Soros’s Media Matters has told them the voting must take place by secret ballot.

  The liberal organization, which is headed by Hillary Clinton cheerleader David Brock, has hired management-side labor attorneys at Perkins Cole, a firm that has represented dozens of Democratic candidates and liberal PACs, to oversee the process.

  It is unclear why Media Matters did not opt to allow its employees to organize through a card check campaign, in which a union submits signed petitions from employees expressing their interest to join the union. MMFA, its attorneys, and the SEIU did not return requests for comment. “

 

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What We Saw At NYC’s Fast Food Strike

 

 

Published on Dec 6, 2013

” Yesterday, Naomi Brockwell and I attended a demonstration demanding that fast-food restaurants boost their minimum wage to $15 per hour, or a little more than double the current federal minimum wage. The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.

  The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.

  We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.

  The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.

  Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.

  Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013. 

  In interviews, several striking workers described how it had been relatively easy for them to get a job in fast-food service. Shenita Simon, who works as a shift supervisor at KFC, told us that she doesn’t know where else she would have been able to find a position, because fast food is the only industry that “will allow you to have minimum education.” Isaac Wallace, a Burger King employee, described how he was able to get his job immediately after moving to New York from Jamaica by simply walking into a Burger King in Brooklyn and approaching the manager. 

  Once the strike moved to Foley Square, organizers from Fast Food Forward began obstructing our efforts to talk with protesters.

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  Produced by Jim Epstein and hosted by Naomi Brockwell.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park Service OKs Immigration Reform Rally On ‘Closed’ National Mall

 

 

 

” A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown.

Organizers for the “Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform” were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEIU Unionists Strike Over Obamacare-Related Cuts

 

 

” Members of the Chicago-based Service Employees International Union Local 1 have gone on strike over recent job cuts by a janitorial company called Professional Maintenance.

The reason for the cuts? The employer says it is because of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This is ironic since SEIU is a major supporter of the law.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy Of Steve McLaughlin

 

 

OFA Union Astroturfing

 

 

” Looks like 1199 SEIU found out that people are on to them and their plan to come to Albany to disrupt the rally on the 28th. The link I posted yesterday is now blocked and you have to create an account to see what they’re up to.
I thought the Obama organization was getting involved as well and in a way, it is.
I just called the phone #315-424-1743 on the link below and it answers “thank you for calling 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East.”
Think about that. They put the Obama Logo, Organizing for action title up and they’re not the Obama campaign, they are a labor union. The link is from mybarackobama.com
https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/dayofaction/gskwqb

SEIU, since I’m sure you’re snooping on this page and just so you know who it is that’s exposing you, the name is spelled McLaughlin. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin. How is it that you have that many members who just happen to be off in the middle of the work week? Or, are they getting paid to protest?”

Ex-SEIU Local Exec Convicted Of Stealing From Low-Income Members

 

 

 

“This was a case about abuse and betrayal,” U.S. Atty. André Birotte Jr. said in a statement after the verdict. “Freeman abused his position as leader of the SEIU, and he betrayed the hardworking people whose interests he was supposed to represent.”

Freeman, 43, faces a maximum of more than 180 years in prison when he returns to court for sentencing in April. His attorneys declined to comment.

Monday’s verdict marks the end of a steep fall from grace for a man groomed for a major role in the SEIU, the 2-million-member labor juggernaut that is a dominant force in worker organizing campaigns and Democratic elections from coast to coast.”

… More than Obama Super PAC

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” The Service Employees International Union has spent nearly $70 million in campaign dollars this election cycle, making the union the top outside spender for Democrats, reports the Wall Street Journal : SEIU, like other large entities that spend money on elections, doesn’t have to disclose all of its expenditures to the Federal Election Commission. But according to disclosures it has made so far this year, the union has funded almost $70 million in campaign donations, television ads and get-out-the-vote efforts for Mr. Obama and other Democrats. […] “

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   “In a book set for publication Tuesday, a politics and government professor at The Citadel claims President Obama’s 2009 health care reform law was, in part, a union-driven effort to organize 21 million health care workers.

In ”Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” Mallory Factor describes a December 9, 2008 memo from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare president Dennis Rivera to the Obama-Biden transition team.”

Union Vote Fraud … Gasp !

   Move along , nothing to see here . More Obaminions hard at work doing the voting other people can’t . Who says we need voter ID laws ?

 

 

 

 

  ” The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office recently subpoenaed the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) headquarters for the employment documents of a senior organizer under investigation for voter fraud in Wisconsin, according to records obtained by a conservative watchdog group.

The Wisconsin-based Media Trackers reported Monday that the Milwaukee D.A. had subpoenaed the SEIU headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the employment records of Clarence S. Haynes, a senior organizer for the national public-sector union.

Haynes, along with two other SEIU organizers, registered to vote for the Badger State’s April 5, 2011, election using an out-of-state ID and claiming a Marriott hotel in Glendale, Wisconsin, as his residence, Media Trackers reported in October 2011.” 

Seiu Astroturf

Michelle Malkin is all over this progressive effort to stifle free speech/enterprise .

“I received the following statement from Amazon.com today regarding its decision not to renew its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council:

Thanks for reaching out to me. Each year we evaluate all of our association memberships and we’ve decided not to renew our participation in ALEC, in part because of positions that group took on issues unrelated to our business.

Best,
Mary Osako
Amazon Spokesperson

In other words: They caved. They chose to appease marginal agitators who have capitalized on the Trayvon Martin case to squelch conservatives’ participation in the legislative process. ”

Be sure and sign the Reverse the Course petition and let Amazon Know how you feel .

  I am deeply disappointed in Amazon and will be taking down their link on my site along with sending them a note regarding my feelings about their spineless cave to the thugs on the Left . Intimidation is all they have remaining . 

“At their shareholder meeting today in Seattle, Amazon announced that they are dropping their affiliation with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).”