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SEIU deserves it!
NEWS FLASH about SEIU
Report: Powerful labor union plans massive budget cuts in wake of Donald Trump victory
The above news story about SEIU was passed on to me by a fellow AMGer and it could be great news in the battle against Forced Unionism.
Major labor union to slash budget in wake of Trump victory
"SEIU was a major supporter of the Democrats in the last election, spending $21.6 million to help elect them, according to the Center for Responsive Politics."
Full article at: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/major-labor-union-to-slash-budget-in-w...!
Q: How much of that $21.6 million actually came from their so-called Fair Share Fees?
We deserve to know the truth!
Hey SEIU fee payers & members,
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If a strong professional code of conduct was implemented by SEIU and required all of their union members, fee payers and staffers to sign it, perhaps that would solve some of the organization's larger problems.
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Since other labor unions do it, do you think it would help with SEIU?
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On Saturday, February 4th, the Maine SEIU looked like a political beehive again… but what’s that fishy smell? The online calendar of events for that labor union at https://www.mseaseiu.org/index.php/calendar-of-events/ had nothing listed for this weekend day, but the parking lot was full at 1:45 PM and the lights were blazing inside.
Was this another political campaign of some sort?
Were they organizing some sort of political protest?
How did any/all expenses for today’s activities get billed?
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Audit the telephone and internet use for today at Maine SEIU
On this snowy Saturday, February 11, the Maine SEIU was again buzzing with weekend activity. Almost all parking were full at 1:15 PM and the lights were blazing.
The organization’s online Calendar of events at https://www.mseaseiu.org/index.php/event/msea-board-meeting/?instance_id... has two listings for today:
“MSEA Board Meeting
February 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
MSEA Board Room
65 State St
Augusta, ME 04330
“MCCS Bargaining Committee
February 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
MSEA Mural Room
65 State St
Augusta, ME 04330
Needless to say, it seems very odd that this union/PAC would have a day full of meetings on the weekend. What were they really doing? Where political activities also involved? How did all related expenses get billed?
As part of a detailed procedural audit, union members and fee payers should demand some targeted reviews of specific items like the telephone, internet and computer use for today at Maine SEIU.
GET LESS FOR MORE!
“Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” (Mary Kay) Henry, the SEIU president, wrote in the internal memo. “These threats require us to make tough decisions that allow us to resist these attacks and to fight forward despite dramatically reduced resources.”
Translation: she keeps her high paid job while she shafts her own workers.
And no, this won’t mean a break in SEIU dues for anyone else either.
In short SEIU members will continue to get less for more.
As with any multi-million dollar corporation or organization:
The soldiers on the ramparts will be sacrificed for the good of the palace vanguard.
Like drone bees being ejected from the hive by the queen.
Geez someone must of sent her 1991 lay off defense acknowledging why they let them pass w/out a fight.
No one at headquarters lost their job.
Yet members keep giving !
THEIR FOG OF TRUMP
B.L. said: "No one at (SEIU) headquarters lost their job. Yet members keep giving!"
That's because they buy Mary Kay Henry's nonsense that Trump made her do it.
She'd be laying them all off even if Clinton got in because SEIU sucks as a labor union.
Because they'd rather spend dues money on politicians and causes rather than member services.
So either way, with Clinton or Trump, their members get sacrificed for the cause win or lose.
Now they have to hear her dishonest Flip Wilson routine about how "the Donald made her do it."
At least Flip Wilson was funny and didn't take your money.
“Maine Resistance Summit: March 5 at Augusta Civic CenterMSEA-SEIU Local 1989 is co-sponsoring the Maine Resistance Summit scheduled for Sunday, March 5, at Augusta Civic Center. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and the summit runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The theme for the summit is “From Mobilizing to Movement Building.” The purpose is for activists and organizations from across the state to come together to strategize about the future, learn basic organizing skills, and cohere around a vision for Maine and our country. Trainings and workshops will be offered on a variety of topics and skills. MSEA-SEIU members are encouraged to participate. For more information and to register, click here”
(Linked to https://www.mainepeoplesalliance.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=99).
This should be a fun political event for the greedy Maine SEIU folks.
More Questionable Expenses by Maine SEIU
Saturday, 2017 March 4 at 11:00 AM
Maine SEIU was buzzing once again on a Saturday, when nothing was listed on their online Event Calendar... so what are they up to this time?
Are they preparing for Sunday's political event at the Civic Center which they're co-sponsoring?
Audit all related activities and expenses... as the puppet show continues at Maine SEIU.
MARCH 10, 2017
The Necessity For, and Obstacles To, Transforming the Unions into a Fighting Force For Workers
by ANN ROBERTSON - BILL LEUMER
Here is a current left critique of present day labor unions.
So it isn’t just the right that has genuine issues and concerns with the likes of AFSCME and SEIU.
Read it and weep.
Since the LePage Administration is now working with the Maine SEIU on the next round of labor contracts for a large chunk of our state workers, it's time to end their monopoly agreements of the past... it's time for the LePage Administration to require a non-exclusive contract so the Maine SEIU is not "forced" to represent non-members as they claim. It's time to end Forced Unionism within Maine state government.
“If a union decides against exclusive monopoly bargaining, choosing instead to negotiate only on behalf of its own members, it is not required to represent non-members.”
“Unions represent non-members only when they act as “exclusive bargaining representatives,” which requires non-members to accept the union’s representation.”
“Unions can avoid representing non-members by disclaiming exclusive representative status.”
“Unions voluntarily represent non-members. The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the National Labor Relations Act allows unions to negotiate contracts covering only dues-paying members. As Justice Brennan wrote in Retail Clerks v. Dry Lion Goods (1962), “Members only’ contracts have long been recognized.””
If the LePage Administration is going to sign new contracts with the union/PAC called Maine SEIU, it's time for the taxpayers to demand they strictly use "Members Only" contracts.
True but for one thing,he needs them,
You're right there, Bruce, but don't forget they need money from state workers too... and I believe the State of Maine has enough power now to demand a non-exclusive contract from that so-called labor union which mostly acts like a political action committee... as illustrated daily at https://www.facebook.com/SEIU
If anyone agrees, I hope they'll take a minute and call the State of Maine, Office of Employee Relations and voice that request. Their staff list and complete contact information is posted athttp://www.maine.gov/oer/contact/index.htm
It's time to end the huge monopoly contracts held by the Maine SEIU, which could help end Forced Unionism on some of our state workers. Our state workers and all taxpayers alike deserve better.
Yes tey need the money, yet how many members rose up and fought the mandatory deductions w/out
individual deduction agreement ?
How many beer should go fair share vs. full dues ?
How many would work a decertification drive?
Don't get me wrong, as I'm not talking about a decertification drive at all. That was tried before and failed. What I'm suggesting are strictly modifications to the new contracts for a better deal. It would include:
1) Change wording so it is not an exclusive contract, hence it would become a "members only" contract;
2) Remove the UnFairShare Fee requirement;
3) As a new benefit for state workers, the state should offer access to a similar (if not better) Income Protection Plan (disability insurance) as what the Maine SEIU offers to members only and is/was the #1 reason for people to join that union/PAC.
If those three elements are implemented in the new round of contracts, IMO, it would be a much better deal for all state workers and the taxpayers of Maine. It's time for the LePage Administration to roll up their sleeves and do some serious negotiating with this round of contracts.
#2 Requires legislation
#3 Agree but that has never been a contract item
Unfortunately LePage has never been inclined to start this fight .
My point with decent it is that it is employee based/ action.
The 2016 LM-2 Report for the Maine SEIU is now posted and available for public review.
The U.S. Department of Labor has a wealth of public information reports which include the reported financial details for labor unions. You can search for these reports at https://olms.dol-esa.gov/query/getOrgQry.do
The 2016 report for Maine SEIU covers 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016,
but it’s listed under the name SERVICE EMPLOYEES LOCAL UNION 1989.
One section of this report that’s quite revealing is “SCHEDULE 12 - DISBURSEMENTS TO EMPLOYEES”
Can you guess which staff person at Maine SEIU received each of the following for Total Disbursements?
Q: How many union members and fee payers are receiving total disbursements like those folks?
Needless to say, the above mentioned report includes a LOT of additional financial details for review and potential questioning.
SHOCKING news about SEIU and some questionable accounting practices...
Two top SEIU union officials off the job in missing money investigation
“(WJBK) - A shake-up at one of the state's biggest unions as two top officials are off the job amid allegations of missing money.
Allegations of fraud and theft topple two people at the top of a union representing healthcare workers in the state. The Service Employee International Union represents 9,000 healthcare workers and that's just in Michigan.”
“The union says a whistleblower came forward telling representatives to look at the books leading to claims of abuse of finances specifically in the union's loan and vacation policy.”
Is anyone at Maine SEIU paying attention yet?
Here's yet another SHOCKING story about the labor union called SEIU...
“Union Protesting Trump’s Labor Nominee Has Had Over 30K Charges Filed Against It”
NOTE: Please keep in mind, this is the so-called parent labor union that more than 2,500 Maine workers were forced to financially support in 2016 as a condition of keeping their job.
It's time to pass a Right-To-Work law in Maine!
Please support LD 65 by contacting your local legislators
and ask them to vote YES on LD 65 and finally end Forced Unionism in Maine.
The 2016 Hudson Report about the Maine SEIU is worth a read, and it's posted for public review at http://www.mseaseiu.org/non_members/2016%20Hudson%20Notice.pdf
Since the 2017 Hudson Report should get posted within the next month, union members and fee payers alike will benefit by taking a VERY CLOSE look at what gets reported.
More to follow as the details become available...
"Shame on the AFL-CIO"
Can you imagine how many millions of dollars have been given to the AFL-CIO by SEIU?
Shame on SEIU for their involvement as well.
JUST ANNOUNCED: The so-called “Service fees” are going up to 69% of membership dues beginning August 1, 2017.
Read all of the important facts in the new 2017 Hudson/Beck Notice at http://www.mseaseiu.org/non_members/2017%20Hudson%20Notice.pdf
“— this notice applies to MSEA-SEIU represented employees of
the following employers:
American Red Cross in Bangor
City of Auburn
City of Lewiston
Home Care for Maine
Maine Community College System Support and Supervisory Units
Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/
Governor Baxter School for the Deaf
Maine Maritime Academy
Maine Military Authority
Maine People’s Alliance
Maine Public Employees Retirement System
Maine Turnpike Authority
State of Maine Executive Branch
State of Maine Judicial Branch
Treats Falls House
“Procedures for Challenging the Amount of the Service Fee
Nonmember employees who are obligated to pay a fee to MSEA-SEIU may challenge the amount of that fee, as initially determined by MSEA-SEIU. Your challenge to the amount of the fee must be in writing, must
be signed, and must include your name, your address, and the name of your employer. You do not need to
include any other information when submitting your challenge. Your challenge must be mailed or hand-
delivered to MSEA-SEIU at 65 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330-5126. To be timely and applicable for this
service fee period, your written challenge must be received at the offices of MSEA-SEIU on or before Sept. 1, 2017, by mail or by hand delivery. (If you are a new employee and receive this notice too late to meet the Sept. 1, 2017, deadline, you may submit your written challenge on or before the thirtieth (30th) day after you receive this notice.)”
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