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  • California Union Members Demand Transparency from Union Bosses

    Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have launched a protest against their own union in California over waste and corruption. They rallied outside SEIU headquarters last week and plan to be in Sacramento on Wednesday.

    The protestors are calling for transparency, accountability, and audits of the 2 million member labor union. The group’s website is urging members to hold their representatives accountable: “It is our members that see the waste every day; it is our members that can call it out to the union representatives in their area.”

    At the rally last week, SEIU officials asked the gathering protesters, “How much are they paying you?” The protestors replied that they were participating on their own time.

    SEIU reacted to the protest outside its offices by closing the doors and videotaping the dissenting members, according to the protesters. The group’s website describes the purpose of videotaping dissenting members as an effort to identify members to add to a “blacklist.”

    Members critical of the SEIU may have good reason to suspect a blacklist, as they have allegedly faced exclusion from SEIU activities before. In a lawsuit filed against the SEIU, Mariam Noujaim, a member and DMV worker, claims that after she reported suspicious votes being counted at an SEIU election she had observed, she was subsequently pushed out of the room and the door behind her locked. This was a violation of Noujaim’s right to participate in union activities under the Dills Act in California, the lawsuit claims.

    Noujaim writes: “In 2010 we were furloughed while our SEIU Union Members, who we pay their salaries, were getting raises, splurging with our dues, and misusing our money for their own selfish interest.” For more than two years, the group has been fighting in court for access to SEIU’s books and financial records – access they argue is protected by the California Corporation Code.

    The group is also encouraging members of other labor organizations to demand access to their union’s financial records and determine exactly where their dues are being spent. They will hold another rally in Sacramento on Wednesday. These union members feel their union officers hardly represent them—another reason the law should let workers should choose their representatives.

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    4 Responses to California Union Members Demand Transparency from Union Bosses

    1. Bobbie says:

      What an excellent turn of events. Look around to all the troubled areas where "unions" are in common. The corrupt unions are all the ones that have government connections. Everything needs transparency to the members whose money pays for these needless unions that are destroying jobs more than the protection government unions no longer have to protect since government laid out labor laws. Why would the work in any areas with government connection have that much corruption that unions are needed in the first place but aren't protecting the employees as much as unions protect (government) corruption? Everyone has to think why unions are necessary and think what it would be like without union costs telling you you're going on strike. Unions threaten businesses with irrational demands where America has but needs more businesses that have the integrity to hire employees that don't seek unions that costs and condescend!

    2. @undefined says:

      There just now figuring out that the union is out for the union

      Not for the members like they used to be

    3. KAHR50 says:

      They look younger than the usual suspects – maybe the next generation is smarter than the last and have stronger moral fiber like I have been hearing.

      Hooray for them!.

    4. @undefined says:

      I currently have a case before the NLRB for non representation. Waiting for results but pretty sure I'll lose as the Board itself told me they are leaninet towards the union

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