Big Labor’s Intimidation Factor
Across the country, people have been speaking out against union election intimidation, including both union and non-union employees who are outraged by Big Labor’s attempt to steal the election for its last hope of survival, President Barack Obama.
The following materials being used by labor unions are an outrage, and if an employer utilized any of these methods towards their employees they would be crucified by the mainstream media!
Yet none of these ruthless, bullying tactics have been explored by the mainstream media. Either the media agencies are philosophically in sync with Big Labor, or they are terrified that Big Labor will attempt to eliminate the media outlet’s revenue source by bullying its advertisers.
The following is a sad commentary on what some people are willing to perpetrate on others to achieve their objectives!
Hi (all names have been removed),
You asked me to write a summary of my experience with the Union Representative I spoke to Wednesday, Oct. 3 or Thursday, Oct. 4 in the atrium of the 1515 S Street building.
Entering the atrium I noticed several Union staff at tables talking to people, I asked one what was going on and she told me they were there to encourage members to vote NO on 32 and Yes on 30, we don’t want what happened in Wisconsin to happen here. To my right were probably 8 large covered aluminum pans, after inquiring as to what they were for and what was inside, I was told I could have a burrito IF I filled out a card saying I would vote NO on 32 and YES on 30. Because I wanted to see how this played out, I asked for a card. After been given the card, she actually pointed to each of three line items, telling me to check each box, which stated how I would vote. The card asked for my name, address, email and phone number. At the very bottom of the card it asked for my birth date. I asked why they needed my birth date and she told me it was to verify my voting. I was shocked. “Verify my voting on what?”, I asked. We need to verify you are the person written on the card if we cannot read your writing, the birth dates help do that. (This card requested our signature and our printed name.)
During this process I mentioned how I didn’t want my dues to go towards any campaign funding. She said something about a specific clause preventing that from happening; I told her I checked the box at the bottom of the membership card notifying the Union of my request not to use my dues for political funds. She told me they weren’t. I ask, “When the Union tells its members they spent over 450 million dollars on election campaigns during a previous election, I find it hard to believe they didn’t use my dues, especially when they cannot produce a printout of names of members who do not what their dues used for this purpose.” She strongly reiterated how they are not using my dues for campaign funding IF I checked the box on the card.
I wanted to experience first hand how they handled the signature/promise to vote NO and YES pledge card issue, I felt like they were bribing members to solicit votes in their favor. As a member, I bought that burrito, no matter how I choose to vote. Otherwise, don’t bring the burritos at all.
And, furthermore, I do not believe my dues are exempt from political campaign funding. There is not enough transparency of our Union budget, it should be on the SEIU website, or a printout made available for members or the public to view anytime at the main office.
SSA, member SEIU 1000
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These are just a few examples of the intimidation and exploitation being executed by the Big Labor bullies. These tactics are inappropriate and leave these workers with little free choice. These actions have been condoned by our President, whose own background includes training and support from Big Labor.
David A. Bego is the President and CEO of EMS, an industry leader in the field of environmental workplace maintenance, employing nearly 5000 workers in thirty-three states. Bego is the author of “The Devil at My Doorstep,” as well as the just released sequel, “The Devil at Our Doorstep,” based on his experiences fighting back against one of the most powerful unions in existence today.