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The SEIU: Safeguarding and taking money from illegals…for years

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…
Give me your union dues and union fees,
I will take them so ever happily…

While this may not rise to the level of harboring a fugitive, since harboring a fugitive refers to “the crime of knowingly hiding a wanted criminal from the authorities,” it comes awfully darn close.
SAN FRANCISCO – Federal immigration authorities have pressured one of San Francisco’s major building service companies, ABM, into firing hundreds of its own workers. Some 475 janitors have been told that unless they can show legal immigration status, they will lose their jobs in the near future.

ABM has been a union company for decades, and many of the workers have been there for years. “They’ve been working in the buildings downtown for 15, 20, some as many as 27 years,” said Olga Miranda, president of Service Employees Local 87. [Emphasis added.]

Okay, let’s stop there for a moment, shall we?

Here is a local SEIU president stating that the unionized company has employed illegal aliens for 15, 20 and as many as 27 years…as her union has collected dues from these workers.

Such is the state of today’s unions.  Which begs the following questions:

If you see someone commiting a crime, do you have a duty to call the police…or do you “look the other way?”

If you see someone comitting a crime, do you help the criminal perpetually perpetrate the crime, as well as charge him for your time? Does that make you a criminal or a mere opportunist? If you go out and actively recruit said persons engaging in the illegal activity into your organization, wouldn’t that make you a conspirator or your organization a criminal organization?

Now, as unions are going out to recruit workers who are in this country illegally, why is it that no one has questioned Big Labor’s complicity in furthering a illegal activity? Doesn’t Big Labor have a civic duty to turn in illegal activity? How is it they can get away with taking money from workers who they know are working for a company employing said workers illegally? Aren’t they furthering a crime?

How is it that Big Labor gets a get-out-of-jail-free card on this one???

Just curious.
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Arizona Electrifying Response to the Left’s Boycotts-R-Us Campaign

Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. 

Wyatt Earp

With the SEIU, the UFCW and the AFL-CIO up in arms over Arizona’s new immigration law (which enforces already-existing law), Obama administration officials Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano have admitted they haven’t actually read the law, despite their condemnation.

Meanwhile, the City of Los Angeles has opted to boycott the State of Arizona.  According to union-backed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

Boycotts work. We saw this in the early 1990s, when people last boycotted Arizona for the state’s refusal to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: people canceled their vacations to Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon; conventions were moved from Phoenix to Los Angeles, and the NFL moved SuperBowl XXVII from Tempe to Pasadena.

In response to L.A.’s arrogant attempt to economically blackmail the Grand Canyon state, Arizona’s Corporation Commissioner gave the L.A. mayor a message:  Two can play that game.

In a letter [see below] to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce said a boycott war is bad for both sides, and said he would “be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements” to end the electricity flowing to Los Angeles.

“I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands,” Mr. Pierce said. “If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.”

We’ll have to wait and see who blinks first…Arizona or Los Angeles (and its lights).

Response to the LA Boycott by AZ Corp Commissioner
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On the Arizona Boycott…

Other than one earlier post, we haven’t commented much on Arizona’s decision to enforce immigration laws, but this is pretty poignant:

Los Angeles’ city council votes to boycott Arizona for its enforcement of existing federal law. No word yet on how China’s human rights violations will be treated. [Emphasis added.]

The rest of the article is just as good.
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AFL-CIO Boss Wants Arizona’s Immigration Law Repealed

With unions having gone ‘all in’ on Amnesty for Illegals, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka wants Arizona’s new immigration law repealed:

Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) is an affront to American values of fairness and respect for our constitution. The AFL-CIO joins people of conscience around the country in condemning the law, which will make racial profiling the norm—if not a requirement—in Arizona and will be impractical, unenforceable and a waste of scarce public resources.

[snip]

We need urgent action. The Arizona law should not be allowed to become a model; it is bad public policy and it should be put to rest. We call on the Department of Justice to step up to its fundamental mission of protecting and defending our civil rights and immediately bring legal action to stop Arizona from implementing its ill-guided and unconstitutional law. We also call on President Obama to publicly oppose and terminate all programs — including collaborations between state and local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — that result in racial profiling. Our focus should instead be on a comprehensive solution to the broken immigration system.

Well, being that unions all mostly support Amnesty for Illegals, Trumka’s comments are not at all surprising.  It is unfortunate, however, that unions don’t have the courage to call for increased border security, along with their calls for amnesty.
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On Unions & Immigration, a Democrat Desecrates Democrats’ Deities

He doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hades to pull off a coup against his primary opponent, but it’s still fun to watch the donkeys dance and squirm.  You see, there is one Democrat who seems to actually understand that today’s unions are an albatross around the neck of America, a feedbag Democrat donkeys have gotten too fat on, and that Amnesty for Illegals is not in the nation’s best interests.  His name is Mickey Kaus.

As a democrat, “neoliberal” blogger Kaus is running for Barbara Boxer’s seat in California, and he’s angering many in his party for challenging, not only Boxer, but party orthodoxy and ownership as well.

Perhaps he is the proverbial needle in a haystack…Or, maybe he’s just out to get his kneecaps broken.  In either case, his common sense on unions and immigration are somewhat refreshing to see coming from a Democrat.
“Never mind the fact that he calls himself a Democrat,” said Eric Bauman, vice chairman of the state Democratic Party. “The positions he holds are more in line with the California Republican Party than the California Democratic Party. The guy has notoriety because he rants, but that doesn’t mean we need to oblige his request to get visibility.”

So, while we promise not to make this a habit, if the Democrats don’t want to elevate common sense from one of their own, we’ll do it for them…if only this one time:

Even though Kaus has annoyed the Left’s political establishment with his candidacy, today, he committed the ultimate Democratic sacrilege by taking on the party’s owners—today’s labor unions.

While his op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times may just get him a visit from the Purple Shirts over at the SEIU, it is well worth the read:

America’s lead weight

Unions have benefited the country, but changes in the economy have made mainstream unionism itself an impediment to growth.


Do you have to love labor unions to be a good Democrat? That was the question raised last year by the unpopular bailouts of unionized Detroit automakers. It’s been raised again this year by California’s budget crisis, created at least in part by generous pensions for unionized public employees. I think the answer is no. It’s time for Democrats, even liberal Democrats, to start looking at unions and unionism with deep skepticism. [Emphasis added.]

Eeee gads!  To Democrats, Kaus has just committed the ultimate sacrilege, as well as political hari kari in one fell swoop!

As the private economy has faltered, we increasingly have a two-tier economy: If you’re an insider, a unionized government employee, you’re in good shape. Even if you don’t do a very good job, you won’t be fired. Even in hard times, Washington will spend billions in stimulus funds so that you don’t get laid off. You won’t even have to take much of a pay cut. And you can retire like an aristocrat at taxpayer expense. But if you’re an outsider, trying to survive in a world of $10-an-hour jobs, competing with immigrant labor, paying for your own healthcare, forced to send your children to lousy public schools run by unfireable teachers and $100,000-a-year bureaucrats — well, good luck to you. But be sure to vote Democratic.


“The deal used to be that civil servants were paid less than private sector workers in exchange for an understanding that they had job security for life. But we politicians, pushed by our friends in labor, gradually expanded pay and benefits … while keeping the job protections and layering on incredibly generous retirement packages that pay ex-workers almost as much as current workers. Talking about this is politically unpopular and potentially even career suicide … but at some point, someone is going to have to get honest about the fact.”


That quote is from Willie Brown, a Democratic hero, explaining why the state may go the way of Vallejo and General Motors. Easy for him to say; he’s retired. But you won’t catch any Democrats who are running for office saying it. They’re too dependent on organized labor’s money and muscle.


We need nonretired Democrats who tell the unions no. Or else, perhaps after more bankruptcies and bailouts, Republicans will do it for them. [Emphasis added.]

While Kaus has almost no chance of surviving against Babs Boxer, his haranguing the hee-haw folks at the DNC are being heard—even if it is out of mainstream Democrat earshot.

For example, on this weekend’s Amnesty for Illegals marches around the country Kaus wrote on his campaign website:

Amnesty isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Democrats should stop holding effective border control hostage to a legalization plan they’re using to rev up the Latino vote.


Participants in Saturday’s pro-amnesty marches are being used by the Democratic party elite, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mickey Kaus charged today.


“There is not going to be an amnesty this year, or next year. The majority of the American people don’t want it, for good reason. They want to secure the borders first,” he said. “Amnesty before we secure the borders would only encourage yet another wave of illegals and hurt the wages of unskilled Americans (and legal immigrants).”


“But every time Democratic politicians in D.C. need to rev up the Latino vote, they dangle the false promise of an amnesty bill. At some point. Latino voters are going to realize they’re being used.” [Emphasis added.]

While the Democrats would love to ignore Kaus, the fact that he comes from their side causes them more angst than they’d like to have, particularly if he (predictably) loses the primary against Boxer, then “goes Nader.”

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SEIU’s Feeding Frenzy over Arizona’s New Immigration Law

Arizona’s new immigration has created quite a controversy.  It is driving illegal immigrants both away from Arizona, as well as (for those choosing to stay) into the eagerly awaiting jaws arms of unions.

Labor unions are using Arizona’s new immigrant trespassing law to bolster their organizing efforts among Hispanic workers.


Union representatives say they are seeing a surge in inquiries from Hispanic workers in Arizona worried about the new law and the potential for more police raids and inquiries into their workplaces.

“We are getting more calls,” said Scott Washburn, state director of the Service Employees International Union. SEIU has about 4,000 members in Arizona, mostly in the public sector.

[snip]

Washburn would not disclose what percentage of SEIU members are Hispanic versus other ethnicities. He said the union does not ask potential members to prove their legal status.

Arizona AFL-CIO Director Rebekah Friend said the immigration debate and the law are encouraging Hispanic workers to look at organizing and becoming more involved politically.

“The more downward pressure you put on workers, the more likely they are to join a union,” she said.

Employment attorneys confirmed the law is making Arizona a target for a number of unions looking to organize workers in the construction and service sectors.

[snip]

Several unions, Unite Here and SEIU, have harbored desires to build a presence among lower-wage service industries, such as commercial janitor services, hospitality and resorts,” Lomax said. “Expect to see these and other unions join the political debate in Arizona — and, if they find the right opportunity, they will pursue organizing.”

With the SEIU pushing Amnesty for Illegals, it is only natural for the Purple Behemoth to capitalize on Arizona’s new law.

After all, as Rahm Emanuel once said: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Apparently, the unions were listening.


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Let Your Fingers Do the Talking: SEIU has 60,000 on Pro-Amnesty Call

The Purple People Eater (aka the SEIU), one of the main pushers of nationalized health care, denying secret-ballot votes on unionization, and amnesty for illegal aliens participated in a big town hall on Wednesday to push for “a pathway to citizenship for the 12 million undocumented people currently living in the United States.”

According to event organizers and the SEIU, the event involved 60,000 pro-amnesty activists. From the SEIU’s site:

Differing from past years, the Reform Immigration FOR America Campaign is already building a field movement that outnumbers and outpaces the other side. Last weekend, the controversial “Tea Party” anti-immigrant activists held a meager 50 events in 26 states that they themselves acknowledged were “not drawing huge crowds.”

Well then. Another taunt from the purple puds.

Following this weekend’s beating of anti-amnesty camera carriers, it seems the SEIU and its cohorts are spoiling for a fight.

Instead of stooping to the purple behemoth’s low levels, energy may be better spent contacting the people who will be bowing to union pressure. You can go here to find them.

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