CA SEIU poised to break new ground on political thuggery

CA SEIU poised to break new ground on political thuggery

SEIU-California-340x250The California SEIU’s thuggishness is a matter of record. SEIU leaders think nothing of openly discussing their plans to monkey-wrench a pension reform measure in Los Angeles. Or about bullying and lying to their own members. The California SEIU’s upper ranks also have a history of corruption.

So plainly the union is capable of anything. Here’s the latest from Bloomberg’s Megan McArdle:

“The Service Employees International Union is sponsoring ballot initiatives in California and Oregon that would cap executive pay at hospitals and limit how much customers can be charged. But what does this have to do with the workers? you will ask. The answer is nothing, directly. Instead, the ballot initiatives are bargaining chips. If the hospitals will ‘work with’ the union, the SEIU will back off the ballot initiatives, which threaten hospital profits.

“There are all sorts of reasons not to like unions, or any other group, that use the initiative process this way. There’s no theoretical limit to the terrible initiatives one could come up with, and then drop, in exchange for firms ‘working with us.’ They don’t even have to be initiatives with a high chance of passage, just things that you can force the other side to spend money opposing — at which point, it might be less bother just to give you what you want.”

McArdle doesn’t mention the SEIU’s goal in hassling hospital executives. The SEIU wants hospitals to make it easier for the union to organize in medical-care facilities where employees are now represented by other unions or don’t have unions.

McArdle, who lives in D.C., thinks this tactic reflects a desperation born of failure. That’s not how it looks from the California perspective. The SEIU’s recklessness instead appears born of confidence that the union can get away with it. From Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris to the many other lower-level California Democrats the SEIU helped elect, the agency has little to fear.

And its leaders are not troubled by having a conscience — so expect SEIU tactics to only get more extreme.


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  1. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 5 December, 2013, 12:06

    It’s OK for the Koch Brothers to dump $11 million into a secret Arizona SuperPAC to try to influence last year’s ballot referenda in California, eh Chris? But when the unions fight back, you get your panties in a twist. At least the unions are out in the open about it rather than skulking around in secret like the deep=pocket Rightists.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler 5 December, 2013, 13:26

      The Koch Bros. lost their money because they lost on the initiatives.

      By contrast, the much more powerful state government-worker unions easily won, because their money ultimately comes from the taxpayer and can be extracted in much larger numbers. But the state, and the federal government, soon will go bust.

      Party while you can.

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  2. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 5 December, 2013, 13:18

    Steve Mehlman

    It’s OK for the Koch Brothers to dump $11 million into a secret Arizona SuperPAC to try to influence last year’s ballot referenda in California, eh Chris?
    So because someone else does wrong it is OK for you, the SEIU, to also do wrong Steve? Two wrongs make a right in your mind?

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  3. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 5 December, 2013, 15:36

    Keep bickering and defending the home team. The role players in charge need your support to perpetuate the corrupted and dirty system. As long as they can keep you at each other’s throats they make out like bandits. Both sides. The day that you join arms, admit the wrongdoings of your respective home teams and then focus your attention on the perpetrators responsible for the decline of your nation is the day you effectively strip them of their power. At the present time, from my observations, they have nothing to worry about.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 6 December, 2013, 09:42

    Making media globalists rich is your Dunkirk.

    Media plows big bucks into lib causes to clean you out.

    Feel helpless and used?

    Go get a Masters in Social Temperance!

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