COURT DOESN’T BUY RACKETEERING CLAIMS BASED ON UNION’S ‘CORPORATE CAMPAIGN’

By Jason Albright, Bloomberg BNA

A federal district court in California recently dismissed an employer’s claim that SEIU and affiliates, including the CTW Investment Group, violated RICO when they allegedly conspired in a “corporate campaign” that used extortion to unionize hospitals. Prime Healthcare Servs., Inc. v. Service Employees, 202 LRRM 3685, 2015 BL 93290 (S.D. Cal 2015).

NLRB official rejects McDonald’s bid for union documents

By Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune

A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge denied McDonald’s request for documents from groups hired by the Service Employees International Union that could have revealed the names of current and former McDonald’s employees supporting the union-backed campaign demanding $15 per hour wages and better working conditions.

The $50 million question

By Rick Berman, The Washington Times

Facing what appears to be terminal decline, the Service Employees International Union has taken to a desperate Hail Mary play to keep their bank accounts well-funded. This week SEIU and its “worker center” front groups, led by Berlin Rosen — a political consultancy with ties to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other left-wing groups — staged various media stunts claiming to be “strikes” against fast food restaurants for higher wages.

Union spends big on low-wage campaign, endgame unclear

By Nathan Layne and Lisa Baertlein, Reuters

Tens of millions of dollars and counting. That’s how much the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has spent so far on a three-year campaign to improve the plight of low-wage retail and fast-food workers, an analysis of public filings shows.

Union marketing behind Detroit protests

By Glenn Spencer, The Detroit News

If you’ve ever received a phone call or email enticing you with a “free” vacation if you respond today, and you haven’t responded because you think it’s a scam, you’re familiar with the idea that things that sound too good to be true probably are.