Janitors, charges and Islamic law

November 14, 2007
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It’s been a busy day for the movement in Indianapolis to organize janitors under the Service Employees International Union.

The union announced that it plans to begin negotiating with several janitorial firms operating in the Indianapolis area—a huge victory for the union.

An interfaith group has taken its campaign in support of the union to Islamic investors.

And an Indianapolis janitorial firm that has become a lightning rod for the union, Executive Management Services, plans to slap the union with 33 charges of unfair labor practices.

Are the union’s tactics heavy-handed? Is Executive Management Services shortchanging its workers?

  • It's time that the ministers give back Jesse Jackson's book on strong arming unions and coporations for favors, and money. If they want recognition for their efforts in supporting their community they should make sure their congregants don't go to be hungry. Once they have emptied their personal fortunes, and their church's coffers, may be then people from outside their community will see their selflessness and be willing to support them.
  • I would be curious to know how much the union has been contributing to this clergy group. This smells of all sorts of corruption, something the unions are very familiar with from their very beginning.

    Since when does a union have the right to impede workers whom they do not represent the opportunity to go to work by grabbing their arms? If the company did this, the news media would be all over it and the union would have a lawsuit filed by end of day.

    As for the union offering to pay an employee more to not go to work, where did that money come from? Only one place. Out of the pockets of other workers who are paying non-negotiable mandatory union dues.

    Fair wages is the balance of what employees are willing to be paid and what employers are able to pay based on competition. As our demographics change, the market will keep this in balance. If no workers are available at the wage offered, the wage will be increased. If an abundance or over supply of workers are available at the price offered, the wage will stabilize or drop. It's a very simple concept that the union and this supposed clergy group seem to fail to understand. This is not the Middle East where fundamentalist groups rule. This is American where supply and demand are allowed to operate in a Free Market.

    And, who will this clergy group take on next? Would you want this group targeting your employees? If they say Interfaith why have they only gone to the Islamic investor community? It's time to bring to investigate this situation--objectively and from all angles.
  • Let's simply bulletpoint some of the SEIU's recent scandals:
    -Union officials flooded a hospital emergency room with uninsured sick and injured people while trying to make life miserable for the health care facility they were targeting for an organization drive.
    -SEIU officials supported a dangerous hunger strike at the University of Miami for the right to avoid letting employees vote on whether to join the union by using a real secret ballot. Five picketers ended up in the hospital-one with a mild stroke.
    -Organized stippers at the Lusty Lady peep show in San Francisco.

    The SEIU has continually risked the health and well being of not only their own members, but members of the community. They continually fail to protect their members and community members while spending their considrable financial resources on issues only remotely related to their constituents. These local clergy members should be ashamed of themselves for being involved with such an organization. However, we all know why they are involved. They have all recently has rather large donations to their churches by the SEIU.

    The SEIU does not believe in the democratic process of secret ballot elections because they are a true reflection upon employees desires. Since unions typically lose secret ballot elections, they often bring intense pressure to companies to agree to a card check system.

    This is typically achieved by organizing campaigns, similar to what is happening currently in Indianapolis, that are supported by elected officials, clergy, and activists in addition to publicly punishing the employer to sign a neutrality agreement.

    With a neutrality agreement, the employer agrees not to speak to their employees about the negative aspects of union membership. Meanwhile union officials harass, coerce and intimidate employees to sign their union card.

    Unions in general want you to believe they represent the workers' best interests. However, the numbers tell a different story:

    -Since 2000, there have been almost 14,000 discrimination charges filed against unions.
    -Since 1975, there have been over 9,000 recorded incidents of union violence and intimidation.
    -Since 2001, there have been over 1,000 indictments and fines of $400 million paid by unions as a result of racketeering investigations.
    -Since 2000, there have been over 43,000 unfair labor practices filed against unions.

    Let's not forget what unions have done to the steel, automobile, and airline industries.

    For more information simply log onto:

    This has been one of the biggest stories in the Indianapolis business community for the past two years. How could the IBJ be so irresonsible and not do any investigative reporting on the SEIU and their tactics.

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