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Newly Revealed Labor Union Manual Teaches Intimidation Tactics

Pressure Manual Advocates Bullying of Employers and Their Families

Washington, DC, July 18, 2011 – An internal labor union intimidation tactic has been newly revealed via a 70+ page manual by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that teaches the use of pressure on corporate boardrooms as a means of organizing companies nationwide, rather than recruiting workers on a site-by-site basis.  The goal is to organize employers rather than employees.

CEI Labor Policy Counsel Vincent Vernuccio writes about this new information in today’s Washington Times (Labor’s new strategy: Intimidation for dummies; Pressure manual advocates bullying of employers and their families).

Union pressure is nothing new, but what SEIU recommends is not limited to organizing drives and strikes. Rather, the pressure takes the form of a so-called corporate campaign, whereby the union allies with outside third parties raise intimidation to a new level.

To create this pressure, unions attempt to push businesses to the edge of bankruptcy, with little regard for the welfare of employer and employee.  They attempt to strong-arm businesses into agreeing to take away the secret ballot for employees in union organizing election via card check.  They also try to force employers to restrict their own speech on union issues, so that workers will not get both sides of the story on unionization.

What explains this brazenly written manual? “In the last decade, unions have become increasingly desperate to obtain new dues paying members,” Vernuccio explains.

Large portions of the SEIU manual, made public through a pending court case, will be excerpted on CEI’s labor website www.workplacechoice.org.  A few excerpts are below:

  • Union members sometimes must act in the tradition of Dr. Marin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi and disobey laws which are used to enforce injustice against working people.
  • Investigations of individual managers
    • It may be a violation of blackmail and extortion laws to threaten management officials with release of “dirt” about them if they don’t settle a contract. But there is no law against union members who are angry at their employer deciding to uncover and publicize factual information about individual managers.
  • Community action and use of the news media can damage an employer’s public image and ties with community leaders and organizations.
  • An employer may depend on lenders, investors, customers, clients, tenants, patients, or government agencies to provide funds. The most effective outside pressure tactics are often those which could put that flow of funds in jeopardy.
  • Individual owners and management officials typically value their time, reputations, and privacy. Tactics which distract them from their primary duties and draw public attention to their activities may help pressure them to reach a fair settlement.

Read the Washington Times op-ed, Labor’s new strategy: Intimidation for dummies; Pressure manual advocates bullying of employers and their families.

View more information on the SEIU manual at Workplacechoice.org.