Coalition Challenges Conn. Governor on Labor Issue

Coalition Challenges Conn. Governor on Labor Issue

April 06, 2012
Originally published in LegalNewsline

From Michael P. Tremoglie's article in Legal Newsline:

"It is just one more example of the (Service Employees International Union's) campaign of stealth unionization of independent contractors and self-employed people so they can collect union dues," said Vincent Vernuccio, Labor Policy Counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

"You see it being done not only in Connecticut but Michigan, Minnesota and elsewhere."

Vernuccio alluded to the efforts of the SEIU across the United States to either have state legislatures pass laws that would unionize these types of workers or for a governor to issue orders similar to what Connecticut's governor did.

Meanwhile, the SEIU District 1199 announced Thursday that home care attendants voted to allow SEIU to represent them. But since they do not yet have the right to collectively bargain the vote is largely symbolic.

"Every worker in the private sector should have the right to join or not join a union," Vernuccio said.

"SEIU's ploy of stealth unionization aimed at denying workers a secret ballot brings its forced unionism agenda to a new low. It shows a union that is more concerned with collecting mandatory dues than with doing what is in the best interest of workers."