Via Washington Examiner:
Mobsters making offers that can’t be refused typically do so in the bluntest possible language, but SEIU leaders in Wisconsin are running a close second.
Gov. Scott Walker’s landmark reforms — including guaranteeing workers the right not to be forced to pay dues to a union they don’t want to join — is costing SEIU thousands of members.
The 8,385 members SEIU has lost since the reforms became law are solid evidence that before Walker came along the union depended upon force, rather than consent, to keep the dues revenue stream flowing.
Nice job ya got there
So the union’s leaders have come up with a backdoor way to force employees to fork over the dues money. It’s a novel variation on the Living Wage/Minimum Wage campaign.
Here’s how it works: Milwaukee County officials approved a living wage requirement for local government contractors to pay at least $11.33 per hour. SEIU’s Wisconsin Jobs Now campaign was the main backer of the requirement.
But the new law includes a convenient way for contractors to avoid having to pay the living wage — they can agree to force their employees to join SEIU.
Pay up or else
In other words, SEIU’s message is this: You can pay us this way or you can pay us that way, but the bottom line here is you are going to pay.
SEIU really gets points for this strategic move. Use your pawns, I mean union members to cause chaos and rally for the living wage, then strongarm business to join SEIU. More SEIU members means more union dues, means more political contributions to Democrats, brilliant scheme.