Card Check: Empowering the Corruption

By August 21, 2008Labor Unions

From The Heritage Foundation’s Foundry blog, “Morning Bell: Can Our Economy Afford More Corruption and Intimidation?

Yesterday, the president of California’s largest largest union local, the 160,000-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) chapter in Los Angeles announced he was taking a leave of absence and that the local would be placed in a temporary trusteeship. Tyrone Freeman’s departure comes after a in-depth series of Los Angeles Times articles detailing how Freeman fleeced union members, who make about $9 an hour caring for the infirm and disabled, of over $1 million in 2006 and 2007 alone. Freeman did not go quietly. Union staff members report that Freeman’s lieutenants pressured them to sign a petition backing Freeman. When many refused, about 10 workers had their union-provided cellphone service discontinued. Staying anonymous due to fear of retaliation, one SEIU employee told the LAT: “It’s essentially a loyalty oath. … There’s a lot of intimidation.”

Practically a slogan for the Employee Free Choice Act: “There’s a lot of intimidation.”


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