Last week was a bad week for the SEIU Big Labor Bosses (or as Mariam the Mighty refers to them, the “SEIU 1%”). Mariam, whose fight against SEIU intimidation and misuse of membership dues is chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep, has firsthand knowledge of SEIU abuses. Mariam works for the State of California, and is an SEIU member who recently won a court case forcing the SEIU to allow her to audit its financial records in an attempt to expose the SEIU’s misuse of membership dues for non-germaine purposes, such as political contributions. Supporting the California court’s decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision this past Thursday, affirming that adequate notice and opportunity to vote down fee increases for political purposes must be given, which in effect finds the Union Thug Financing Scheme Illegal!
That wasn’t the end of the bad news for the SEIU, however. 175 SEIU members at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital in Hollister, California in effect decertified the SEIU in favor of the NUHW (National Union of Hospital Workers) citing the SEIU’s dishonesty and corruption. It may have been a bad week for the SEIU, but it was a great week for employees and employers around the country, as well as for the basic American right to freedom of choice!
Led by grassroots efforts of union rank and file members across the country, America is waking up to the fact that today’s Big Labor bosses are nothing more than Gasping Dinosaurs desperate to avoid extinction at the expense of American freedoms. Coast to coast we are witnessing Employees Push Back Against SEIU’s Persuasion of Power! Brave heroes, in both the public and private sector — like Mariam in California, and Jairo Hernandez of Complete Cleaning in Massachusetts — are standing up against intimidation, abuse and misuse of membership dues. It is imperative their stories are not only heard, but resonate across this great country! The SEIU is determined to force unionize as many employees as possible to avoid extinction. Their goal is always the same, whether it is using membership dues to elect corrupt politicians with whom they then negotiate sweetheart collective bargaining agreements or prosecuting Corporate Campaigns to force unsuspecting private businesses into signing a Neutrality Agreement that puts Card Check into play. The SEIU truly exemplifies Big Labor’s Agenda: “The Taking of American Freedoms” as chronicled in The Devil at Our Doorstep. When will Americans and the main stream media wake up to the fact this is Big Labor’s goal and it is supported by the Obama administration. If President Obama is re-elected, his administration (through Rule by Fiat), will allow Big Labor to run roughshod over these brave employees and employers who dare to fight the socialist advance. Be Afraid America. Be Very Afraid! Armageddon is at hand and it is time to support these brave souls who understand America’s very future is at risk!
Big Labor took a roundhouse to the chin despite the millions of dollars in member dues spent in an attempt to recall Governor Walker. Conservatives and practical-minded Americans, however, cannot become complacent with this victory. Big Labor showed how desperate it was in orchestrating the offensive recall. Big Labor thumbed its nose at the citizens of Wisconsin and America because it could not win the first election legitimately. In doing so, it resorted to its campaign of misinformation, coercion, propaganda and intimidation to bully its way to victory. Thankfully Americans are waking up and drawing a line in the sand with Big Labor and all who endorse or utilize these type tactics. Tactics which are uncalled for in modern America!
Interestingly, nearly a third of union members who cast votes in the recall election did so for Governor Walker as did 48 % of voters who live with union members. Additionally, teachers in Wisconsin have been showing their disdain for union tactics as polls of active teachers show that Wisconsin’s teachers positive view of the teachers unions have declined from 58% to 43% and the percentage of teachers with negative views of the unions doubled from 16% to 32%. Furthermore, the fact Wisconsin Unions Saw Ranks Drop Ahead of Recall Vote is another indicator the rank and file members continue to question Big Labor policies and voted ahead of time with their feet! Wisconsin membership in AFSCME fell from 62,818 to 28,745 over the past year. Apparently they don’t like their union dues and their union credit card fees (see Big Labor: Credit Card Profiteers) and interest utilized for political purposes, especially an unnecessary recall election.
Ultimately, What Wisconsin Means is that there is clearly opportunity for a major conservative victory in November. However, a few critical lessons must be remembered and implemented.
1.) It is the economy and we are not stupid! Fiscal Responsibility Trumped Union Power in Wisconsin. Fiscal responsibility must be trumpeted nationwide.
2.) Complacency will end in defeat. Big Labors’ Gasping Dinosaur’s are headed toward extinction. Remember, desperate people do desperate things. Expect a down and dirty fight to the finish, which must be countered with professionalism, character and ethics.
3.) The Conservatives and Tea Party countered the union foot soldiers with an effective ground game. Now it must be done nationwide.
4.) Don’t be afraid to expose the misinformation, propaganda, and coercion for what it is, and counter with common sense and the truth! The majority of people will wake up and understand.
5.) Don’t buckle to the intimidation tactics. Look the bully in the eye and smile.
6.) Don’t be afraid to expose the opposition’s agenda, socialism through the catch phrase “Social Justice”.
7.) Don’t be afraid to expose the truth about the opponents past affiliations. A person or entity’s past affiliations speak volumes.
8.) Take the offensive. The best defense is a strong offense.
9.) Use the unions/democrats misuse of members’ dues against them.
10.) Don’t buy into the ruse that the “Citizens United” case created an unfair playing field for republicans. Expose the fact that it merely evened a playing field that Big Labor had been exploiting for years at the expense of membership dues.
These lessons must be learned and implemented if The Decline of American Exceptionalism is to be reversed this November!
The Devil at Our Doorstep contains the following excerpt from Lowell Ponte’s 2004 article, How Socialist Unions Rule the Democratic Party, which succinctly summarizes “Corporate Campaigns” utilized by Big Labor to pound unsuspecting employees and employers into submission in its desperate attempt to force unionize employees through Card Check.
“SEIU and its political, media, and leftwing activist allies conspire to attack a company directly with what they call “Corporate Campaign” or the “death of a thousand cuts.” Like the Furies of Greek mythology, this cabal of attackers harasses and disrupts company activities, sends vicious emails and letters to stockholders, intimidates customers, stalks and frightens employees, files baseless lawsuits, plants false stories with media allies to smear the company’s reputation, and uses hundreds of other tactics to injure the targeted company in every way they can imagine. . . The aim of this concerted swarming attack is to bully and pressure a targeted company into signing an agreement making SEIU the representative of its employees.”
Unable to stem its continuing decline in membership through traditional elections, mainly because it has nothing to attract prospective members, Big Labor has resorted to Corporate Campaigns tactics of intimidation, misinformation, defamation, propaganda, political pressure, disingenuous rhetoric, character attacks, and empty promises coinciding with attacks on the targets’ customers, advertisers and financial supporters to defund the opponent, exert extreme pressure, and, ultimately, to force unionize its employees. This is all done as a “necessary” step to stave off extinction. These tactics, which are designed to overwhelm and defeat the target, are explicitly detailed in the SEIU Training Curriculum and Contract Campaign Manual. Big Labor realizes this playbook, combined with empathy from the mainstream media, will result in a win over 95% of the time because most employers and employees will bow to the pressure!
Following the publication of The Devil at Our Doorstep, employees and employers from around the county submitted their own personal real-life “horror” stories based of union “campaign” tactics. These stories are relayed in The Devil at Our Doorstep. From California to Massachusetts, Michigan to Missouri, Texas to Florida, and back home again to Indiana its pages explode with the bullying tactics, political cronyism and misuse of members’ dues used by Big Labor to achieve its goals. Stories like the one shared below continue to flow in as the silent majority share their experiences of intimidation and pressure at the hands of Big Labor!
“I thought I would send you a quick update on the “happenings” of the SEIU at our once sleepy little college Dining Services. You might remember that the SEIU won the vote last December by promising the employees the “world” and it was a very close vote. Well as of today they have still not voted on a contract but I hear they are having a meeting on May 22nd (rumor has it that is the contract vote day). I guess it would be too much to ask for them to be up front and actually post that information for all to see! There is still much separation amongst the employees and, when they do have the SEIU representative there, she still huddles “her” people into secret little talks. About four employees who were strong union supporters have either been fired for attendance or have found other jobs leaving us with a big SEIU mess! That would almost close the gap on the vote last December. I can’t believe it has been almost two years since the first SEIU recruiter started lurking in the shadows around my place of work. I don’t understand how they can operate without getting a penny in dues for two years? Wanna hear something funny? She is blaming the fact that there is so much “dissention” in the ranks for not getting all she promised in the contract! I still can’t believe this has happened and I am still just as disillusioned about voting in November.”
“I’m not sure. After 2 settlements and attorneys fees my employer has $200,000 in completely bogus claims. Now we are just in the stage where the union idiot can come in every Wednesday and Friday and hang stuff on our walls. I finally figured out we can sign a petition against union representment so I printed one off of the internet and I have 10 signatures out of 11 employees. Now I don’t know what to do with it. My boss is terrified of more lawsuits. If it’s like everything else they will file lawsuits saying everyone was coerced into signing it. The NLRB isn’t interested in the truth about anything only pushing the union agenda.”
Union tactics of “death by a thousand cuts,” is not limited to the private sector. Big Labor’s use of the strategy can be seen in the despicable and unprofessional attacks by public unions on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, in labor’s domination of bankrupt California’s politics, against Indiana Republicans during the Right to Work debate, and in their corrupt influence on the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board through the current administration/Democratic Party. Perhaps more concerning, however, is how President Obama, trained by the SEIU (see Obama and the SEIU Sittin in a Tree), is utilizing these same tactics against Mitt Romney, who appears to be following the same failed campaign strategy of appeasement utilized by John McCain.
The Obama campaign already is employing the death by a thousand cuts strategy as discussed in Vetting Obama’s Political Tactics. The President is showing his knowledge of the playbook in blasting Romney’s supposed “bullying” of a gay high school classmate, exposing Romney’s supposed business ineptness due to his involvement in closing down steel mills while at Bain Capital, intimidating top Romney donors to suppress donations, and promoting class warfare by exposing Romney’s Swiss and Cayman bank accounts. This week, the Obama campaign is scheduled to release a video denigrating Romney’s business tactics and acumen (see Marion featured in Obama campaign video about Romney’s Bain Capital ). This, from a hypocritical President that would have trouble running a lemonade stand! Nevertheless, these tactics are designed to isolate the target and destroy it, just like Big Labor’s Corporate Campaigns.
Unfortunately, the Romney campaign has yet to understand you cannot stand by passively and allow attacks to continue without redress. As detailed in The Devil at Our Doorstep the SEIU was defeated professionally and truthfully by EMS exposing the SEIU’s tactics as untrue and exposing the SEIU’s true character to employees and customers. Romney’s campaign must not be afraid to link Obama with persons of questionable character like Andy Stern or Jeremiah Wright, and expose the lack of both experience and accomplishment the President brings to the table. The Romney campaign must remind the American public to judge a person not by what he or she says, but by what they do and with whom they associate. After all, actions speak louder than words!
It is imperative the Romney campaign begin now to employ professional and factual tactics to educate the American Public and expose the Obama Administration’s lack of character if Romney is to counteract the “death by a thousand cuts” and become the 45th President of the United States of America!