Gee, and we thought this was common knowledge! Last week the Daily Caller “broke” the story that SEIU has built a secret network of front organizations in cities around the country. Incorporated by SEIU as local non-profits, these front organizations hide their management by SEIU and pretend they act as independent grass-roots agents of change somehow spontaneously aggregated around an outrage. They wage concerted attacks against conservative political figures and targeted corporations.
The individual activist groups use benign-sounding names including This Is Our DC; Good Jobs, Great Houston; Good Jobs, Better Baltimore; Good Jobs Now ; Fight for Philly; One Pittsburgh; Good Jobs LA; and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy. And they have of late grown increasing fond of tucking “99%” and “Occupy” into their rhetoric,
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Since 2009, a Change to Win campaign, Warehouse Workers United, has been running attacks on employers in California’s “Inland Empire.” WWU is a joint venture of SEIU, UFCW, and the Teamsters. This week, Labor Notes gives us a glimpse into how corporate campaigns are built and, more importantly, why certain employers and not others are in the crosshairs.
In what is certainly no coincidence, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has been investigating cases of wage theft by employers who just happen to employ WWU activists. The campaign has also solicited workers into class-action lawsuits against those same employers to collect “stolen” wages. (Suits are based on the charge that workers paid by the piece were forced to wait for shipments and so should have been paid on the
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