Racketeering Suits Filed Against SEIU, UFCW in Response to Corporate Campaigns

I apologize for the brief intrusion, but thought this might interest you and/or your audience. I am writing to you on this issue because either we have corresponded in the past or I have previously linked to your coverage on other union-related matters. For your consideration, I submit these two recent links from our blog, The Union-Free Employer.


Both pertain to an increasingly popular union organizing tactic, the "Corporate Campaign." In a nutshell, this is a top-down method of organizing by which a union browbeats an employer into some form of voluntary recognition of the union (without resort to a government-run secret-ballot election, and often without any campaigning by the company). The union achieves this objective by burying the employer in an avalanche of negative publicity, consumer and political pressure, government regulation, and costly unrelated litigation until the employer, in effect, cries "Uncle." (see also:


Well, now large corporations who have been the target of these campaigns are fighting back. Within the last month, Smithfield Foods has filed a lawsuit against the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW), and last week, The Wackenhut Corporation filed suit against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) -- both accusing the unions of engaging in "extortionate" behavior and racketeering in the pursuit of their anti-corporate organizing campaigns.

More information is available at the links above. If you have any questions, or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Seth Borden
Labor & Employment Lawyers for Management
100 Wall Street, 23rd Floor
New York, New York 10005