July 19, 2011 By

SEIU Tells Workers to ‘Disobey Laws’ In Effort to Undermine Employers

A Service Employees International Union “contract campaign manual,” recently released as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the union, reveals a host of unseemly tactics the SEIU recommends using against employers who resist unionization efforts. Those include efforts to undermine a business financially, intimidate individual managers, and use political pressure to increase the cost of doing business.

Even more striking: the manual encourages workers to violate the law. “Union members sometimes must act in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King and Mohatma Gandhi,” the manual states, “and disobey laws which are used to enforce injustice against working people.”

The manual, first exposed by Vincent Vernuccio of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, suggests workers conduct illegal activity that might still advance the cause of unionization. “Certain acts which might technically be illegal,” it advises, “might be seen by the public, news media, customers, or other potential worker allies as justifiable and not something the employer should be challenging.”

As an example, the manual lists laws against possessing stolen documents: “let’s say workers obtain insider information showing that the polluted the environment or cheated on its taxes. Revealing that information might technically expose workers to charges of possessing stolen documents,” but it still may be an effective strategy to advance the SEIU’s case, the manual claims.

“Even if the workers of the union might be found guilty,” the manual goes on to claim, “you have to consider what the penalty is likely to be.” In other words, illegal activities can be effective tools to advance the cause of unionization, and potential penalties should always be weighed against the central objective of those activities.

The manual also details a number of legal though ethically questionable practices designed to hurt a company or its managers until it accedes to the union’s demands. In the introduction to its section on “Pressuring the Employer,” it recommends a number of tactics:

  • Outside pressure can involve jeopardizing relationships between the employer and lenders, investors, stockholders, customers, clients, patients, tenants, politicians, or others on whom the employer depends for funds.
  • Legal and regulatory pressure can threaten the employer with costly action by government agencies or the courts.
  • Community action and use of the news media can damage an employer’s public image and ties with community leaders and organizations.

The manual was released as part of the discovery in process in a lawsuit filed against the SEIU by the food service company Sodexo. The company is alleging a massive effort on the part of the SEIU to intimidate and harass Sodexo employees and to hurt the company’s reputation in an effort to unionize more than 80,000 employees.

This article was written LACHLAN MARKAY; full article at HERITAGE FOUNDATION

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I’m with you Jason_M. Unions suck. I hope Vincent Vernuccio of the Competitive Enterprise Institute who advises the people to break the law goes to jail for harassment, extortion, intimidation and anything else they could get him on. This Union manual sounds like a new Mob is forming. I hope Sodexo wins this battle!

July 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

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Unions shouldn’t exist.

July 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm

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