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Video: The True Nature of the SEIU

Posted By Conn Carroll On March 10, 2010 @ 4:30 pm In Economics | Comments Disabled

There is no entity with closer ties to the Obama administration than the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). According to the White House visitor logs [1] SEIU President Andy Stern and Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger visited the White House 58 times in 2009 alone, including 11 meetings with Obama and another with Vice President Biden.

The SEIU is popular in the White House because no other union is as politically active as the SEIU. Stern told the Las Vegas Sun [2], “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama — $60.7 million to be exact — and we’re proud of it.” Indeed, right after the SEIU spent a fortune of their members’ money to elect Obama; they promptly fired 75 of their national field staff and organizers and redirected that money to “lobbying and communications in Washington to take advantage of Democrats’ ascendance.” [3]

But as the video above shows, while Stern and his lobbyists meet with Obama and other Washington leftists, they are losing ground in the rest of the country. In California, National Union of Healthcare Workers has been successfully beating the SEIU in elections and the SEIU is not happy about [4].

So the next time you hear some leftist rhetoric about how the Employee Free Choice Act [5] is necessary to protect workers’ rights, ask yourself if you’d want this woman standing over you demanding you sign a card in support of joining a union, or whether you’d  prefer  express your opinion with the safety of a secret ballot.


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[1] White House visitor logs: http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/disclosures/visitor-records

[2] Las Vegas Sun: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/may/10/stern-unplugged-seiu-chief-labor-movement-and-card/

[3] “lobbying and communications in Washington to take advantage of Democrats’ ascendance.”: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/18/AR2009031800709.html

[4] In California, National Union of Healthcare Workers has been successfully beating the SEIU in elections and the SEIU is not happy about: http://laborpains.org/2010/03/04/beating-the-competition-seiu-colors-cameramans-eye-purple/

[5] Employee Free Choice Act: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Labor/wm2764.cfm

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