The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is the backer of Wal-Mart Watch, representatives of which were on hand at the Wal-Mart Media Conference last week. At their little "media event," held in conjunction with the United Food & Commercial Worker union, a "civil rights leader" said that Wal-Mart's new health care initiatives is like the difference between "being lynched from a 7-foot tree and an 8-foot tree: you're just as dead." Curiously, the Mainstream Media left that quote out in their coverage of the event.
The SEIU doesn't confine its moonbattery to Wal-Mart, however. In an AP story today, it was reported that a Florida judge ordered an end to mass SEIU protests at the University of Miami in an effort to organize janitors and other service workers at the school. The judge ruled that the university had private property rights not to have classes and other functions disrupted.
An SEIU website is devoted to the University of Miami "struggle." You can even download melodramatic podcasts of the janitors and SEIU executives who are on a "hunger strike." So on one hand, the union complains about the health care of Wal-Mart workers and on the other endangers the health of janitorial workers for the sake of a publicity stunt.
That still doesn't surpass the SEIU/Wal-Mart Watch's antics last December of having union protesters enter a Wal-Mart in Florida dressed as Santa and his elves handing out empty packages to kids and anti-Wal-Mart leaflets (e.g. "All Mommy Wants for Christmas is Health Care"). After some shoving with Wal-Mart associates ensued, the police arrested a couple of the union protesters, both of whom were black. The unions predictably then played the race card and said they had been "profiled." An internal Wake Up Wal-Mart PowerPoint presentation proved that the group was deliberately trying to force a confrontation and figured Santa wouldn't get arrested, but if he did, to make sure it was in front of the press.
These are the "ethical leaders" in the fight against Wal-Mart. And now they are on the Palouse. Are these the kind of people we want speaking for us?
HT: Marshall Manson
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