Alleged: SEIU Union Places Life And Safety At Risk

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This comes from Big Government and Tony Lee.

Union workers at Connecticut nursing homes represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are alleged to have vandalized and sabotaged assisted living facilities in Connecticut — including those that care for Alzheimer’s patients — during a mass walkout earlier this month.

The allegations point to activities by the union which place the life and safety of patients or residents in jeopardy in assisted living facilities in Connecticut.  The article mentions that the governor, attorney general and a senator in Connecticut (all democrats) are supporting SEIU negotiations.

Top Democrats in Connecticut such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Gov. Dannel Malloy and Attorney General George Jepsen are supporting the union in the labor negotiations and, according to HealthBridge, Jepsen originally rejected their request for an investigation. Jepsen, according to FoxNews.com, has since recused himself from any future investigations on this matter.

Please take the time to read the story in its entirety by clicking here.

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Knox Supreme Court Case: California Civil Servants Challenge SEIU Misuse of Nonunion Dues for Union Politics

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The National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation has challenged the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and their violation of labor laws:

In 2005, the California State Employees Association (CSEA) union, a local affiliate of the SEIU, imposed a “special assessment” on every civil servants in its bargaining unit to pay for a campaign to defeat several California ballot initiatives. CSEA officials collected money from all employees to pay for union political activism, including those who were not union members. In 2007, a federal district court ruled that the CSEA was required to provide a notice to nonunion employees about the assessment, allow them to opt-out of paying into the union political fund, provide a refund of monies spent on union politics, and pay interest from the dates of the deductions to nonmembers who chose to opt out. After CSEA lawyers appealed the case, a Ninth Circuit panel reversed that decision in December 2010. On June 27, 2011, the United States Supreme Court announced it would review the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.

Here’s a video addressing the merits of the case:

Below, you’ll find links to relevant legal documents, Foundation news releases, and notable media coverage.

NEWS RELEASES:

California State Employees Lay Out Class-Action Lawsuit before Supreme Court (9/14/2011)

Supreme Court to Review Ninth Circuit Ruling that Forces Nonunion Workers to Fund Union Political Activism (6/27/2011)

LEGAL DOCUMENTS:

Petition for writ of certiorari

CSEA brief in opposition to Supreme Court granting certiorari

Reply to CSEA brief in opposition to granting certiorari

Petitioners’ brief on the merits of the case

CSEA’s brief on the merits of the case

CSEA’s motion to dismiss

Petitioners’ response to motion to dismiss

CSEA’s reply

Pacific Legal Foundation’s amicus curiae brief in support of the petitioners

Transcript of oral arguments

MEDIA COVERAGE:

SCOTUSblog’s Knox page

Unions and Forced Political Speech,”National Review, 7/1/2011

Government employees’ free speech on trial,” Washington Times, 1/9/2012

From Simple Hints To Loud Usurption

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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There are many clues available to the clueless.   Why?  They are all around us.  Besieging and berating our sight and other senses.  Seeking to enter the United States illegally and once here to usurp our government to allow its replacement with communism or organized crime.

Did you hear and see the recent story from KOAT- TV on a heroin distribution ring in Albuquerque.  Some seven people were arrested for being  part of a custom order business for distribution of heroin.  The operation worked something like a pizza delivery service.  Customers would call in with their orders and delivery would come through the hands of a deliveryman at a predetermined location.  The dealers were uncovered and arrested after a series of investigations by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.  What is surprising about the bust is six of the dealers were illegal Mexican aliens residing in the Albuquerque area.  The other two individual involved was a US citizen running an income tax business (note to self – don’t use her for taxes) while receiving calls for heroin orders and a legal alien resident.  Just a few examples of how some of our “hardworking” illegal aliens are working hard to destroy our nation as we know it through their brand of organized crime.  You can see KOAT’s video of the report by looking below:

What about the political bent of some illegal aliens?  We know that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has joined with some illegal alien groups pushing to legalize those who have crossed into the US via illegal means.  SEIU attempts to focus on a change of government in the US from that of a democratic republic to one which is pure communistic in word and deed.  You can read and view some of SEIU’s and other unions’ and communist wannabes’ shenanigans though this link.  There many still images and several videos to help you gain an understanding of what  the people involved in the May 1st demonstrations actually stand for.  Be surer to scroll through all the images to see the Hitler mustaches on images of political figures.  The Ringo in the link bears  no relationship with me.

Of course the people seen in the videos and still images do not represent the 14 or so million illegal aliens in the US, but they seem to hop, skip and jump to some of the same tunes.

A Fly In The Ointment For SEIU?

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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A large  services company (Sodexo USA) has announced, in a public relations press release , their filing of a lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) under components of the Racketeering Influencing and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO.)  SEIU has responded by calling Sodexo’s  civil suit a bogus action.  Following below, you’ll find Sodexo’s allegations in support of their suit:

Sodexo USA has filed the lawsuit seeking to halt the SEIU’s extortionate threats and barrage of unlawful tactics. The complaint alleges acts of SEIU blackmail, vandalism, trespass, harassment, and lobbying law violations designed to steer business away from Sodexo USA and harm the company.

Sodexo claims that over 15% of its employees belong to unions and that figure is more than half the national average in private sector companies.  The company further state that the actions against Sodexo by SEIU amounts to extortion and intimidation and that the action has prevented the company from negotiating over 300 contracts they have with unions other than SEIU.  Sodexo specifically states in their press release that SEIU has:

… in face to face meetings, threatened Sodexo USA’s executives that it would harm Sodexo USA’s business unless they gave in to the union, and then carried out its threats through egregious behavior, including:

  • throwing plastic roaches onto food being served by Sodexo USA at a high profile event;
  • scaring hospital patients by insinuating that Sodexo USA food contained bugs, rat droppings, mold and flies;
  • lying to interfere with Sodexo USA business and sneaking into elementary schools to avoid security;
  • violating lobbying laws to steer business away from Sodexo USA, even at the risk of costing Sodexo USA employees their jobs; and
  • harassing Sodexo USA employees by threatening to accuse them of wrongdoing.

The public relations press release provides more information about the company and its performance:

The complaint, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia, seeks an injunction against the SEIU and its locals and executives, as well as monetary damages to be determined by the court.

Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $15 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

Key Figures (as of August 31, 2010)

Sodexo in North America 

8.0 billion dollars revenue

120,000 employees

10 million consumers served daily

6,000 sites

700 facilities management sites

Here is a link to the press release in case you wish to read more.

Since there are two sides, or more, to every issue or story, you may wish to reach other links found below:

Andy Stern — Will He Burn

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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An apparent big friend and/or very close associate of POTUS and a frequent flier in and out of the Whitehouse is under investigation by the FBI and the United States Department of Labor (USDL.)  Mr. Andy Stern has long been involved with such notable organizations as ACORN and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), each of which have been in and out of the news and the life of  President Obama.  According to Sam Hananel in AP’s MyWay he is in for substantial questioning regarding fraud and other potential charges:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents.

The two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about a six-figure book contract that Stern landed in 2006 and his role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who allegedly performed no work.

SEIU has contributed an estimated 44 million to Democratic candidates and attended or initiated more than a few demonstrations in favor of Democratic causes:

The disclosure about the federal inquiry of Stern – who abruptly resigned as president of the 2.2-million member SEIU in April – comes just weeks ahead of contentious congressional elections in which the union is spending an estimated $44 million to support its favored Democratic candidates.

The SEIU has been plagued with several financial scandals since 2008, when the Los Angeles Times reported that Tyrone Freeman, head of the union’s largest California local, misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars from the union. The union ousted Freeman and demanded that he return the money. No federal charges have been filed against him, but SEIU spokeswoman Michelle Ringuette said the union has been cooperating with the FBI.

The article from AP continues enumerating other potential problems for  SEIU, Mr. Stern and some of his associates … labor union and otherwise.  It will be interesting to see if the investigation hits a wall and falls into a rabbit hole.  Here’s a link to the rest of the article.

Got Some Bile … Let’s Sugar Coat It

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009)

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Seems like there is no end to the bag of tricks Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have up their dirty, but mostly worthless, sleeves. Brian Johnson reporting on BigGovernment’s site reveals some interesting twists in language used by Andy Stern (possessor of frequent White House miles) and Anna Burger both of SEIU.

SEIU wants no mistakes made in the spewing of their propoganda, so they have manufactured “cheat sheets” for use by their organizers and goons buffoons. We wonder if Stern and Burger actually believe that American workers are this lacking in perception. You can read the article and see the cheat sheets if you click here. Interesting also, but I haven’t spent a lot of time sorting through the links or information, is this site and its many links.

The Democratic party in New Mexico, and indeed, its national component, has always enjoyed a cozy and fuzzy relationship with big labor and trial lawyers. There is a reason for these relationships and without going into detail, let’s just say it has to do with back-scratching. The politicians enjoy a chest full of dollars and the unions and trial lawyers gain legislation favorable to them. Here is a list of URLS showing four of New Mexico’s current congressional members and the Sector contributions they received in the 2008 election, along with the contributions received by their opponents:

The information immediately above and following is taken from the Center For Responsive Politics and lists contributions from several sectors. While SEIU  is not heavily connected for political contributions for all of our congressional members, Martin Heinrich received a contribution of SEIU funds, along with a substantial  funds coming from other labor organizations. The same holds true across the board with our other congressional members, with the exception of  SEIU contributions:

Historically, the financial sector has consistently been the biggest source of funds in U.S. elections. In 2002, financial interests gave $105 million to federal candidates. The sector includes banks, insurance companies, the real estate industry, accountants and other financial professionals. Lawyers & lobbyists were second with $72 million, followed closely by ideological groups at $71.6 million. The catch-all “miscellaneous business” category gave $63.4 million. Labor unions kicked in $55.4 million, giving 89.4% to Democrats.

The Center For Responsive Politics slays Democratic and Republican sacred cows, so have a look  …  everyone can dig down as far as desired.

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If This Story Is True Someone is Missing …

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Not A Brainiac

That would be missing the part between his ears.  I can’t think of a better way to lend credence to those on the left (and in some cases the right) that say some conservatives are out of control. Perhaps the tweeter, who I refuse to identify directly (because I don’t wish his name to appear on this blog) needs to rethink his strategy and his objectives, and realize that there are those in this world that take serious, wacko instructions such as those left by the tweeter.

This is too far-fetched to be a charade or a plant by those who are on the left. However, if such be the case, I suspect it will not be extremely difficult to ferret-out the guilty individual or individuals. Regardless, no matter on which side you stand, information or encouragement such as that given in these series of tweets, as reported in the blog article pointed to, should stop and never return. As to the rest of the blog article, I address my feelings about ACORN and SEIU below.

Those who know me are aware that I have little to no use for the ACORN crew and pretty close to the same applies to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Those who want to know more about my stance on ACORN can click here and here.  Also, access the two links below. The information found in them and other researched articles helped to form my opinion regarding both.

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