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  • The SEIU’s Counter-Espionage Campaign ... Against Its Own Members

    For some time now, it’s been clear that Organized Labor—and the SEIU in particular—is adamantly opposed to allowing its members to have any say over union representation. Thanks to a lawsuit filed against the SEIU, new details are surfacing that demonstrate the lengths to which big labor is willing to go to quash dissent amongst its membership.

    The lawsuit filed by the OSO Group, an international security company that bills itself as the “first commercial counter-espionage group established in the private sector,” alleges that the SEIU owes the company $2.2 million in “bills for surveillance and security services.” What sort of threat was the SEIU facing that it needed to spend millions of dollars on a counter-espionage group? Apparently, its own members.

    According to the lawsuit, the SEIU retained OSO in order to help place SEIU–United Health Care Workers (UHW) (an affiliate union of SEIU) in trusteeship. Such assistance included stationing OSO agents – some visibly toting guns – outside UHW’s offices and intimidating UHW staff by “photographing and videotaping them” as they entered and exited their building.

    Such intimidation tactics apparently weren’t sufficient: the lawsuit also alleged that the SEIU “directed the OSO Group to conduct ‘a security and surveillance operation’ targeting thousands of members who attended five SEIU-UHW membership meetings on January 24, 2009.” It should come as little surprise that the SEIU was so concerned about these particular meetings: union members were meeting to discuss SEIU demands that the SEIU-UHW transfer “its 65,000 long-term care members to a new union without first providing these members with a democratic vote on the matter.” (Ibid.) The SEIU was opposed to giving rank-and-file members a democratic vote? Anyone else experiencing déjà vu here.

    SEIU officials are spending millions of dollars to intimidate and spy on its own membership. And where does that money come from? Union membership dues.

    That’s right: SEIU members are actually paying to be intimidated by gun-toting counter-espionage agents. And the Unions wonder why public support for card check dried up so quickly.

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    14 Responses to The SEIU’s Counter-Espionage Campaign ... Against Its Own Members

    1. do in michigan says:

      Do the rank and file members of a union really want card check

      while they are being spied upon? Will they wake up or just

      blindly continue to follow the leader? I fear for the future of

      this country.

    2. John Galt says:

      Big Labor’s investment in Obama pays off

      By Michelle Malkin • May 13, 2009 09:52 AM

      Big Labor’s investment in Obama pays off

      by Michelle Malkin

      Creators Syndicate

      Copyright 2009

      “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama — $60.7 million to be exact — and we’re proud of it,” boasted Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, to the Las Vegas Sun this week. The behemoth labor organization’s leadership is getting its money’s worth. Whether rank-and-file workers and ordinary taxpayers are profiting from this ultimate campaign pay-for-play scheme is another matter entirely.

      The two-million-plus-member union, which represents both government and private service employees, proudly claimed that its workers “knocked on 1.87 million doors, made 4.4 million phone calls…and sent more than 2.5 million pieces of mail in support of Obama.” It dispatched SEIU leaders to seven states in the final weekend before the election to get out the vote for Obama and other Democrats.

      Through a series of local chapter takeovers, corporate shakedowns, and bully campaigns to destroy the reputation of executives who refuse to submit to their will, Stern and his scandal-plagued lieutenants have consolidated low-skill service workers to create a 21st century labor empire. The ubiquitous Stern now enjoys a prominent seat at the table of every major policy discussion at the White House, including economic recovery and health care radicalization.

      cont on link


    3. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Think of it. SEIU is now partnering with the Obama Administration. It is like partnership of the five mob groups of NY in the '60s-Government mob helping the union mob to shake down the private employers. It all fits!

    4. Charles-Odessa, Texa says:

      The SEIU was the most quoted in the meeting the President had with "Health Care Officials". They loved all the President's promises without the details and cost and counter points. The government workers union is the President's kitchen cabinet, pushing his wrong headed left wind agenda of more and more government control of our individual decisions.

    5. Grace, Florida says:

      Organized Labor? – More like organized crime

    6. Tom, New Jersey says:

      Where is the FBI?

    7. Tom Iowa says:

      Unchecked power begets unchecked coruption..

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    9. Pamela Colorado says:

      I read your articles everyday and I hope and pray for the sake of my children and grandchildren that everyone, everywhere is reading what you put out there. For me, I am scared to death.

      I am worried for my son and family as his wife is a doctor and a very good one and who still has thousands and thousands of student loans to pay back. I am worried for my daughter and her three children that they won't have good health care and good education as they now have.

      Not everyone lives in NewYork or California or Florida etc.

      None of these people(politicians) will be affected because most of them are so rich they don't care and the filthy rich won't be affected, but that's not who these idiots go after. They protect the Oprah's and Hollywood crowd and the very, very, rich that can buy these politicians…. and to hell with the rest of us.

      I am so saddened that these politicians in Washington DON'T CARE ABOUT ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES AND HOW IMPORTANT AND POWERFUL THEY ARE.

      Peloise should be GONE but NO ONE WILL HAVE THE GUTS.

    10. DANNY, MISSOURI says:

      Having first hand experience in seeing how unions work in the construction business is an eye opener. We at times supply buliding materials/concrete to union projects and it never ceases to amaze me the ineffiency and lack of incentive to work or co-operate with non union workers.

      How about for instance a crew of 6 waiting one hour to slide a 36" bolt into a bridge pier form structure by a "union ironworker" while they shipped him by barge across the river for this one task. He than spent the rest of his day waiting to repeat the procedure when he was needed again. This example and many more was seen over and over. Us in business who have to produce would be out of business if we performed like this. But in the end we all pay due to inefficincy of the unions.

      Unions are counterproductive and the more power they gain, the bigger this country looses. We can't set back and let them take more power. Hindsight is 20/20 and their history is very clear.

    11. Dave, AZ says:

      Having 30+ years in union construction, I can say that the unions protect even the most useless workers. There is, however, a natural winnowing process–those who don't have the knowledge and skills to compete for jobs quickly find themselves on the bench, out of work. Their reputations are widely known amongst contractors and those workers don't work much. This happens in areas where unions are not especially strong. I cannot speak from first hand experience about strong union jurisdictions, but I have heard reports of intimidation towards those workers who were efficient and made those around them "look bad".

    12. Harry Snyder Michiga says:

      I belonged to a small union (am now retired) and believed it to be worthwhile, BUT I also remember the corruption of the Teamsters during most of that union's first 3 or 4 decades (Hoffa, the Detroit mob, his indictments and convictions, .and…his disappearance. The corruptioon of Dave Beck. Also, more recently, I learned of The Communist led dock strike in California and the Communist influence in the CIO during the 1930's, and most surprisingly, the Hollywood studios strike of the mid 1940's by Communist dominated unions. It is not a very pretty picture.

      Corruption and Communist influence in some unions is still rampant and the Democrat Party is a bit too cozy with such unions.

    13. Rochelle, Colorado says:

      This SEIU has been trying to move in on major hospital groups along the front range in Colorado. They entice by asking how dissatisfied you are with your employer. Then they promise how they can make your employer do "your" will with their strong arm.

      I have spoken against them in my workplace. Not all staff members know of our prior waltz with healthcare unions in the 1980's. We need to be very careful to avoid these parasites!

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