Never a group to let an opportunity go to waste, the SEIU planed to disrupt travelers at major airports all over the country, and to attack retailers such as Wal-Mart during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Their plotting is all in the name of “social justice,” which is no more than a code name for forced unionism. The SEIU would have you believe that it has the best interest of employees at heart, and that employers like Wal-Mart “abuse” their employees through the payment of poverty wages, while lining their own pockets with the company profits. In fact, this past week, the SEIU sent out the following e-mail to its members stating that Wal-Mart pays such low wages its employees cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Therefore, Wal-Mart is hosting a food drive so they can eat on Thanksgiving.
Walmart doesn’t pay workers enough for them to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they’re holding a food drives for their employees. Seriously. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Walmart stores in Ohio have bins set up for underpaid associates to donate canned goods to other underpaid associates.
We have a better idea, Walmart: Pay your workers enough to put food on the table.
It’s great that workers are looking out for one another, but nobody who works for one of the richest companies in the world should have to worry about not having enough to eat.
This is hardly the first time Walmart has asked for charity so they can avoid paying employees enough to get by. Low-income workers still need food, housing and healthcare, so taxpayers end up paying up to $1.7 million in public benefits per Walmart Superstore.2
We’re proud to stand with the workers who think they should be able to afford their own Thanksgiving dinners.
The SEIU is in the midst of a Worker Center Scheme, recruiting new membership through force unionization, and attempting to bypass the National Labor Relations Act as discussed in Promises, Promises: Desperate Unions Grow Weary of Phony Distractions. They will be using these naïve recruits to bolster their ranks. The SEIU has created Worker Centers because they fall outside the rules of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and therefore are not subject to National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations. Through these Worker Centers, unions are able to operate and attack without restriction, allowing for even more deplorable and ruthless tactics. The real ticker is that these Worker Centers have a Tax-Exempt Status and are Funded by the American Taxpayer.
Additionally, the SEIU and other unions will be holding Union Rallies at Airports across the country, alleging these employers are paying low wages and offering sub-par benefits. The goal is to make Americans believe these employees are being abused and mistreated. Ironically most of the SEIU protestors will be hired off the street for small cash amounts and have no idea what they are protesting. The SEIU has decided to cause as much disruption and inconvenience during one of the nation’s biggest travel holidays to embarrass these employers across the country and call attention to their cause. This is all a calculated effort to intimidate companies into signing a Neutrality Agreement and imposing forced unionism on their employees through Card Check.
As Americans shopping and traveling to visit their loved ones are disrupted by the rallies and picketing during this great national holiday, it is important to remember the true objective of these Gasping Dinosaurs. It is not to improve wages and benefits for the employees of these companies, but rather to force unionize employees by embarrassing the employers on a national stage. The truth is, the SEIU and other unions want more money in the form of union dues to enhance their political power. Just as Unions Showed True Colors on Labor Day, these Thanksgiving attacks are all about big labor’s attempt to avoid extinction. Hopefully, Americans will see these tactics for exactly what they are, nothing more than Communism at the Highest Level, and relegate the SEIU and other big labor unions into the junk pile of history.
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.