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The Service International Employees Union [...] has admitted that a staffer requested that union members stack a legal petition with fake names to sink it. The petition is the brainchild of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who wants to put a measure revising public service employee union pensions on the ballot.
Today, SEIU acknowledged that one of its work site organizers had violated the law in order to push its agenda. The SEIU 721 union spokesman explained:
SEIU 721 in no way recommends that its members or anyone else falsify signatures on any petition. We are firmly against that kind of behavior. The email in question was sent without the knowledge of the union’s leadership. The person who sent the email has been disciplined for his action.
According to Thompson, the email probably reached “very few” members. Thompson added that it was sent from a personal, not a work email, and wasn’t an official union communication.
These were the kind of slimy, underhanded and outright illegal tactics that were perpetrated by the SEIU (working under the auspices of Wisconsin Jobs Now!) in the run-up to the Walker recall. A few were caught, the majority got away. But petition fraud was the norm, everyone knew it. There were plenty of examples that were brought to light but, in the search of "justice" the GAB chose to ignore them all. Because the SEIU, AFSCME, and AFL-CIO goobers put on a great show with their empty boxes paraded into the proper receptical.
But I digress, the excuse used here is utterly idiotic. It's like Jerry Bott telling me via text message that he needs me to come in at 5am. I can't blow it off, saying it wasn't through an "official channel." Further, it ignores the content of the message, which is damning no matter the source.
Do anything to win has been a union mantra for decades and while it has never been ethical it has never before felt so sleezy.