The Thugs of SEIU have an Intimidation Manual!

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Who Would Have Guessed?

SEIU’s Strategies and Tactics are Seeing Sunlight!

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SEIU Contract Campaign Manual

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This manual is now a Must Read for all businesses, companies, and government officials who are being Harassed and Threatened by Union Thugs.   They must learn what they are up against and develop their own strategies to overcome and beat the opposition.   ACORN follows the same model as the unions.  The unions showed their purple  colors in Wisconsin and in Arizona where they orchestrated and inflamed citizens by their antics  and gathered and induced support from other cooperating leftist organizations.

Is there a counterpart written by ethical, fair minded business people to counteract their practices? Sodexo may be the company leading the way, and may beat them at their own game.

SEIU Intimidation Manual Exposed!
by F. Vincent
July 17, 2011

In March 2011, the catering company Sodexo Inc. sued the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) for alleged “intimidation, threats, and other extortionate tactics” as part of an organizing campaign. During the suit’s discovery process, SEIU was forced to turn over its Contract Campaign Manual, which details the union’s strategies for attacking an employer’s reputation, its relationship with its customers and vendors, and even its managers personally. The Competitive Enterprise Institute obtained a copy of the manual from the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system. The following quotes are directly from the SEIU manual.

In the section “Pressuring the Employer,” the manual makes the distinction between being right and having “might.” To gain might, the SEIU manual suggests:

* Outside pressure can involve jeopardizing relationships between the employer and lenders, investors, stockholders, customers, clients, patients, tenants, politicians, or others on whom the employer depends for funds.

* Legal and regulatory pressure can threaten the employer with costly action by government agencies or the courts.

* Community action and use of the news media can damage an employer’s public image and ties with community leaders and organizations.

* Assume that pressure tactics will be necessary and start planning for them in advance.

When evaluating the possible methods of attack, the manual offers different tactics that can cost the employer money.    Suggestions include: disrupting income sources such as customers or investors, generating bad publicity to deter new customers, filing complaints with regulations, and disrupting managers’ careers. The instructions ask union activists if the tactics they employ would have the desired effects, which include to:

* Distract management officials from other work they need to do?

* Embarrass them in front of their superiors, associates, families, neighbors, or friends in the community?

The section titled “Outside Pressure” details how the union can broaden contract campaigns to threaten the employer’s relationship with the greater community, business partners, government, and the media. This involves working with third-party groups that may be sympathetic to the union’s agenda but lie outside of organized labor—including environmental, human rights, and self-styled consumer advocates. These other groups can help the union exert pressure on the employer from many directions, and therefore disrupt many aspects of the business.

* 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.

The “Legal and Regulatory” section advises union members to find areas where their employer has violated the law even if the violations are not related to any contract issues.     These can include regulatory violations related to safety, health, discrimination, wage, contracting, and disabled access. If the union members cannot find any violations, SEIU will provide an investigator.

The goal is for the business to face:

* Extra expense to meet regulatory requirements or qualify for necessary permits or licenses.

* Costly delays in operations while those requirements are met.

* Fines or other penalties for violating legal obligations.

* Damage to the employer’s public image, which could jeopardize political or community support, which in turn could mean less business or public funding.

The section on “Political/Legislative Pressure” suggests using political action as a bargaining chip.

[Y]ou can show management officials that, if they don’t bargain fairly, union members will be more inclined to push for legislative action on other issues that would affect management.  For example, management may find that angry union members and their allies are preparing to mobilize for changes in the way employers are taxed, awarded public funds, or required to provide service.

The following sections describe further pressure tactics, including finding dirt on individual officials in order to disrupt the workplace and shame managers within their community and even harassing managers at home.

Pressure On Individual Officials.   One way to encourage management decision makers to be more reasonable is to make life more difficult for them as individuals.  This kind of strategy is most effective if you can identify the key individuals with the power to bring about a settlement. These might include top executives, negotiators, labor relations directors, stockholders, or members of the board of directors. Pressure on these individuals can take several forms.

Disruption.   Key management officials may find that they or their staffs are unable to do their normal work because they must spend so much time responding to the union campaign.   Tactics such as mass visits or sit-ins in management offices or large numbers of phone calls protesting management practices can help make top officials long for labor peace.

Publicity in the community.   Many top management officials care about their image as individuals in the community and among business associates. They may not want publicity about their involvement in controversial policies or activities. If they have built a good reputation through involvement in community service or religious organizations, for example, both they and those groups may find it potentially embarrassing to be linked to racism, sexism, exploitation of immigrants, or proposals that would take money out of the community for the benefits of distant stockholders.   Leafleting outside meetings where they are speaking, their homes, or events sponsored by community organizations they are tied to are some ways to make sure their friends, neighbors, and associates are aware of the controversy.

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.

A particularly striking section calls on union members to consider breaking the law in contract campaigns when they deem it necessary.   (The manual describes a lawyer’s role in this context as not to make decisions regarding when to follow the law, but only to tell union campaigners what the law is.)

Union members sometimes must act in the tradition of Dr. Marin Luther King and Mohatma Gandhi [sic] and disobey laws which are used to enforce injustice against working people.

The section “Using the Media” instructs union activists to find any other organizations in the community that already have disputes with their employer in order to take advantage of their previous research. Such organizations can include environmental groups, student organizations, consumer groups, women, minorities, poor people, senior citizens, and doctors. The manual then outlines how to publicize any information which could be harmful to the employer or to individual managers.

Using the media can put pressure on the employer and support all of the other tactics discussed in this part of the manual. For example, media coverage and advertising can help to…

* Give customers, clients, investors, and other in the community reasons to cut off economic ties with the employer. Media attention can convince the community of the justice of your cause, or can make businesses or individuals feel that they don’t want to be involved with the employer while it is getting such bad publicity.
*Encourage politicians and regulatory agencies to take actions that support your campaign or to at least stay neutral. They may be influenced by knowing that the voters are learning from the media.

* Encourage members of other [unions] and other community groups to get involved in strike support activities. They are more likely to help if they are frequently reminded through the media of your struggle.

Make individual managers nervous about the effect bad publicity may have on their careers and reputations. If they see that you have the ability to use the media successfully, they may worry that you will be able to publicize unfavorable information about their activities.

There is more in the manual that should be startling to those who believe that SEIU specifically – and unions in general – play fair.   It provides an eye-opening look into union strategies and tactics that in many cases translate into open warfare on American businesses.

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Further Reading

VERNUCCIO: Labor’s new strategy: Intimidation for dummies
Pressure manual advocates bullying of employers and their families.

All 88 pages of SEIU’S manual in its entirety here. 

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5 responses to “The Thugs of SEIU have an Intimidation Manual!

  1. This comes as no surprise to those of us who’ve been paying attention. We see the pattern. We saw it long ago. This “manual” has its roots in the “philosophy” of Marxists, Saul Alinsky, and Chicago Mafia thugs.

    We’ve seen these tactics used by the left in so many instances, e.g., when SEIU thugs attacked Kenneth Gladney outside Dem. Rep. Russ Carnahan’s town hall, for the CRIME of being a black man who happened to sell anti-Obama (and pro-Obama) items.

    When they got arrested for assaulting him, the union sent a high-priced lawyer, who sprung a “surprise witness” at the trial, who testified that she saw the SEIU thugs act in self defense, even though there’s VIDEO proving that she waddled onto the scene (overweight, with a cane) AFTER the incident took place.

    We saw these tactics across the country, at Tea Party rallies, where thugs tried to foment violence and where they infiltrated, carrying racist signs, PRETENDING to be members of the Tea Party. Kabuki theater.

    We saw these tactics years ago, when a leftist took a dive in front of the conservative opponent of Rep. Dick Gephardt, PRETENDING that Mr. Federer knocked him down for getting into his face with a camera. The ACTOR pressed charges. Nothing came of it, of course, but the damage was done, which was the goal.

    We saw these tactics touted in a class at the University of MO. When a student complained, the leftist media piled onto the student–the VICTIM of theft, imho. Theft of his tuition for a class he thought was going to be anything BUT leftist propaganda.

    We saw these tactics when Barack Obama lied to the American people, in order to scare vulnerable people, by saying that if the debt limit isn’t raised, he can’t guarantee that Social Security or disability checks will go out. USE THE MEDIA.

    Jesse Jackson has perfected these tactics when he threatens companies with boycotts or discrimination lawsuits if they don’t pay him or his peeps off–as in, “persuading” Anheuser-Busch into giving his sons lucrative distributorships, or else he’d lead a boycott of their beer.

    We see these tactics when hoards of “journalists” fly to Alaska to dig through Sarah Palin’s trash, or when news organizations sue for her email, becoming so disappointed when they find NOTHING they can use to damage her. Not to worry, they’ll just make something up. Damage done to her reputation. They win.

    We see these tactics in the union WAR against Walmart.

    We see them when they boycott Glenn Beck, threaten his sponsors, intimidate them and damage their reputations, until he’s off the air–because they don’t believe in free speech UNLESS you agree with them 100%.

    We saw those tactics when activists camped out on the lawns of executives, during the 2008 crash and its aftermath.

    We see these tactics when amoral hackers like Julian Assange or Lulzsec hack into private companies, and law enforcement yawns (to borrow a phrase from Brent Bozell). They’ll investigate hacking, if the victim is progressive. Otherwise, fuggeddaboutit.

  2. Verbal violence? So much for sticks and stones and baseball bats…

    When one is embarrassed by their own words, an oft-used option (at least in DC) is to retreat into claims of being misrepresented. So it goes after we recently brought you the troubled Tweets of former HuffPo writer, labor activist, and self-described 3rd-generation union organizer Mike Elk, who broadcast: “We need to find those scabs and kick their ass.”

    http://biggovernment.com/bjacobson/2011/07/21/update-union-goon-only-supports-some-violence/

  3. H.A.A.R.P. and the lost Columbia Space Shuttle

    See what you think:

    http://www.columbiassacrifice.com/

    won’t post any more off topic stuff, tonight.

  4. ‘New’ ACORN groups Join SEIU’s Economic Terrorism Campaign Against Lenders, Government
    July 24,2011 Snips

    Newly created ACORN front groups across America have signed on to SEIU’s economic terrorism and sabotage campaign. ACORN, long associated with President Obama, is participating in the disruptive campaign through its newly renamed state chapters. Mortgage and student loan strikes, crippling bank boycotts, intimidation, and who knows what else are all on the agenda.

    I reported on the emergence of the “new” ACORN groups in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers. Although ACORN filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy last Election Day, its state chapters have been quietly restructuring under assumed names. Mortgage bubble generator ACORN Housing changed its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America while ACORN’s vote fraud factory Project Vote continues operating out of ACORN’s old Washington, D.C. office.

    The subversive plan hatched by Stephen Lerner, an international board member of the radical Service Employees International Union, aims to destroy the nation’s financial system. Lerner is influential in leftist organizing circles and has reportedly visited the Obama White House at least four times.

    After Greeks rioted over austerity measures, the stock market fell, Lerner observed. “The folks that control this country care about one thing: how the stock market does; how the bond market does; and what their bonus is.”
    Lerner said a strategy was needed that addressed the following questions: “How do we bring down the stock market, how do we bring down their bonuses, how do we interfere with their ability … to be rich?” It is important “to politically isolate them, economically isolate them and disrupt them,” he said.

    JPMorgan Chase is the first target of SEIU and its longtime allies at ACORN.

    Other Saul Alinsky-inspired pressure groups nationwide are participating in the effort, including the Alinsky-founded Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), National People’s Action (NPA), PICO National Network, and Alliance for a Just Society, according to ChaseHomeFinanceSux.com.

    ACORN’s newly renamed chapters in New York (New York Communities for Change), California (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment),

    Missouri (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment), and Washington state (Organization United for Reform) make no secret about their participation in the scheme.

    America needs to know that ACORN is restructuring in time to help re-elect President Obama in 2012. Obama used to work for ACORN and represented the group in court as its lawyer. These radical leftists who use the brutal, in-your-face, pressure tactics of Saul Alinsky want to destroy America as we know it and will use any means to do it.

    http://biggovernment.com/mvadum/2011/07/24/breaking-new-acorn-groups-join-seius-economic-terrorism-campaign-against-lenders-governments/

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