Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Update on SEIU’s “Contract Campaign Manual”: Exploring the Roots of Corporate Campaigns

SEIU Contract Campaign Manual (pdf) - Pressuring The Employer - archive.org/27/items/gov.uscourts
Labor’s new strategy: Intimidation for dummies - Pressure manual advocates bullying of employers and their families - VINCENT VERNUCCIO/Washington Times
In the past decade, unions have become increasingly desperate to obtain new dues-paying members. An example of how desperate can be found in a 70-plus-page intimidation manual from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which only recently came to light in a pending court case.



The new union tactic is to use pressure on corporate boardrooms as a means of organizing entire companies nationwide rather than recruiting workers on a site-by-site basis; in short, to organize employers rather than employees. To create this pressure, unions attempt to push businesses to the edge of bankruptcy, with little regard for the welfare of employer and employee. They attempt to strong-arm businesses into agreeing to take away the secret ballot for employees in union-organizing elections via card check. They also try to force employers to restrict their own speech on union issues so that workers will not get both sides of the story on unionization. Among the SEIU’s demands is that employers agree to bargain only with it, to the exclusion of all other unions, regardless of what workers want.
SEIU’s Disreputable Tactics Exposed, Turns Out We Were Right, Entirely - seiu's odexo, Campaignsreport.org
If you remember well, a few months ago, Sodexo announced it was launching a trial against SEIU under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Sodexo accused the SEIU of using disreputable tactics in its campaign against the corporation such as blackmail, vandalism, trespass, harassment, etc.

While on our side we’ve been denouncing for more than a year the feeble arguments, low-blows and overall reckless tactics of the SEIU, our main motivation was to publicly unveil SEIU’s financial motivations in the campaign. Well now it seems we weren’t totally wrong in suspecting the union of using disreputable tactics, apparently the union itself advocates them.

As part of the public inquiry undergone with the lawsuit, the SEIU was forced to release , a “Contract Campaign Manual” destined for internal use. Machiaveli fans, this is your next read. The manual is a proper A, B, C of union campaigns and how to put pressure on corporations as well as generate and exploit media attention. It provides an unprecedented peek into the union’s own policy regarding corporate
Update on SEIU’s “Contract Campaign Manual” - Big Government
Court Decides SEIU Could Benefit From A Little Investigation, Sodexo Authorized To Pursue With Rico - seiusodexo.campaignsreport.org
CleanUpSodexo, Facebook, Twitter… Tools and Tactics
SEIU’s campaign against Sodexo: Who’s who?
Unions need members, who pay dues to finance their activities – and to pay political campaigns.
SEIU Communication: How to Embellish the Situation…