January 27, 2012
SEIU: Myopic Greed
The Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is out of touch with reality.
Reality: the current California state budget deficit is estimated at 13 billion dollars.
Folly: SEIU workers in Fresno, California, went on strike for three days on January 23rd.
Reality: according to Phil Larson, a Fresno County Supervisor, the SEIU strikers have had a 31% compensation increase over the past 5 years.
Folly: The Fresno County SEIU workers went on strike for three days over a 9% pay cut.
Reality: according to U.S. News and World Report, Fresno is the 2nd worst city in America to find a job.
Folly: SEIU protestors in Fresno, during the strike, chanted, “WE ARE THE UNION, THE MIGHTY, MIGHTY UNION!”
Reality: the unemployment rate in the Fresno County was 16.2 percent in December 2011.
Folly: SEIU labor representative Kevin Smith, referring to the three day strike said, “It’s a way to show that we’ve been disrespected.”