By Dave Bego
This past week, Florida Watchdog reporter Marianela Toledo wrote a superb article exposing the propaganda and tactics utilized by the SEIU in conducting a campaign to organize workers at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. I previously became acquainted with Marianela when I took interest in a prior article she had written: Labor unions have some wild ideas about ‘work’. I sent Marianela an e-mail praising her fortitude and the quality of her work. Thereafter, she sent me an e-mail requesting a discussion of my personal experiences. We spoke on the telephone and I explained to her my thoughts on the SEIU's true motives, and the strategies they used in their organizing tactics to accomplish these motives.
I also sent Marienela a copy of my book, The Devil at Our Doorstep, in hopes that it would provide insight into the SEIU's efforts and to provide context as to that which she and the residents of Broward County were witnessing. Marianela performed her own investigation into the SEIU's actions with respect to workers at the Fort Lauderdale Airport based on what she was able to learn about the SEIU. Her investigation exposed the SEIU tactics, and misrepresentation made by its local SEIU business manager. The investigation found that the SEIU had coerced some of the employees into filing claims with the Department of Transportation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including claims that employees were made to clean up urine, blood and vomit without proper safety equipment such as gloves or masks and employees were not adequately trained to properly clean potentially hazardous waste. [more...]