SEIU seeks federal investigation of franchise industry

By Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune

The Service Employees International Union on Monday said it has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the franchise industry, seeking information on how some of the world’s biggest franchise operators, including McDonald’s, set the terms of their business models.

WHAT’S THE SEIU HIDING?

By Chris Andriesen, Illinois Policy Institute

The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a complaint on May 5 with the U.S. Department of Labor after learning the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois-Indiana, or SEIU Healthcare, failed to comply with federal financial-disclosure requirements.

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).