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SEIU – The Week In Immigration Reform

FROM THE SEIU WEBSITE: MARCH 12, 2010

Yesterday, SEIU Executive Vice President Eliseo Medina joined other labor, faith and immigrant rights leaders for a meeting at the White House on next steps for comprehensive immigration reform legislation. President Obama spent over an hour with the group, carrying out a lively and open discussion about how to move immigration reform forward.

“Today’s meeting is yet another reminder that comprehensive immigration reform remains a key priority for the White House. It’s also a reminder that we need more than just the White House and Senators Schumer and Graham to get this bill done,” said Medina in a statement.

During the meeting, the President made clear that importance of garnering greater GOP support in order to push the bill to the Senate floor.

“Just days away from a massive mobilization of labor and diverse immigrant rights activistsfrom across the country, the time is now for Senators on both sides of the aisle to step on the gas and push for smart immigration reform that America needs. That means it’s time for Senator Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader John Boehner to join with us in passing reforms that are good for immigrants, good for workers, and good for America,” continued Medina.

“This is Congress’ time to, in the President’s words, ‘overcome the numbing weight of our politics.’ For the good of our economy, of America’s workers, and of our country, it’s time for the Senate to step on the gas. It’s time for them to roll up their sleeves and get immigration reform done right, get it done quickly and make sure it works for America.”

Read Medina’s full, statement. And read coverage of the meeting in the Associated PressNew York TimesMSNBC, and The Hill.

Especially as the topic of immigration legislation heats up in Washington, it is critical to make March 21’s immigration mobilization a huge success. This is the time to create the momentum and urgency for comprehensive immigration reform.

SEIU – Service Employees International Union – The Week In Immigration Reform.

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Not Happy With Stern

By Ashlie Rodriguez

President Obama may have hoped to appease critics by creating the new, bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, but his appointment of SEIU President Andy Stern to the panel has drawn rebuke from conservatives.

“Either the White House doesn’t read the newspaper or simply doesn’t care, but naming Andy Stern as a member of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility doesn’t pass the laugh test,” said Katie Packer, executive director of the anti-union Workforce Fairness Institute, in a statement.

Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., a member of the House Budget Committee, told The Hotline that the appointment “makes sense for Obama’s election efforts and funding for his election, but not about truly getting our deficit under control. This is more of an electoral insurance policy than a deficit reduction plan.”

Packer cited not only the millions donated by SEIU to Democrats in the 2008 campaign, but also reports that the organization has had difficulty meeting its own pension obligations: “The SEIU’s pension fund is in serious trouble, yet the White House wants Big Labor to come up with recommendations on how to reduce the federal deficit?”

Also speaking out against the appointment were the Alliance for Worker Freedom and Americans for Tax Reform, who have requested an investigation into Stern’s “potentially illegal lobbying activities.”

Stern himself released a statement emphasizing his connection to the blue-collar workers who are bearing the brunt of the recession.

“I have talked to thousands of our members, many low-wage workers, who have to make hard choices everyday to make ends meet, while never losing sight of their dreams — to provide a more prosperous future for their families,” Stern said.

“They also want and expect their government to make the right choices: to restore our economic health, make smart long-term investments, create a fiscally sound, and fair economic system that rewards hard work and allows their children and grandchildren to live a better life than their parents,” he added.

via Not Happy With Stern – Under The Influence – Under the Influence.

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On Obama’s debt commission, Andy Stern makes the cut


You heard that right. Somehow SEIU President Andy Stern passed the vetting to be nominated for the National Commission on Fiscal Responsiblity and Reform, so-named so that it can be declared a success without actually reducing any deficits.

He has gleefully accepted. From the SEIU release:

“I am honored to have been asked to serve on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and thank President Obama for ensuring that the voice of ordinary working Americans will be heard. “I have talked to thousands of our members, many low-wage workers, who have to make hard choices everyday to make ends meet, while never losing sight of their dreams — to provide a more prosperous future for their families.”

The Daily Caller hailed the move as par for the course for the Administration. Hot Air exclaimed that perhaps President Obama was getting tired on Stern and saw the commission as a perhaps opportunity to get him out of Obama’s hair. The Atlantic pointed out he’s not the only SEIU-er on a high level panel; SEIU’s Anna Burger sits on the Middle Class Task Force and the President’s Economic Recovery Board.

The Atlantic continues that “oddly enough” Stern opposed the commission when it was being considered in the Senate.

Maybe the difference is that the Senate commission possibly would have had some teeth.  The labor-laced presidential commission on the deficit is practically guaranteed to have nothing of the sort.  For Stern this means access to his favorite house (The White House) and clout. Stern likely will have little meaningful to say about deficit reduction–unless you count his own experience spending flagrant amounts of other people’s money, all while being millions in debt.

via laborpains.org

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Controller: Labor-Backed Pension ‘Reform’ Would Cost City $13.2M Per Year – San Francisco News – The Snitch

​We’ve reported a bit on Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s attempts to save the city a modest bundle via pension reform, and the SEIU’s attempts to amend the plan via Supervisor Eric Mar.

While Mar claimed his amendments wouldn’t cost the city any additional money, Elsbernd disagreed — and, now the city’s number-crunchers can quantify why. Peg Stevenson, director of the city’s performance group, has calculated that the labor-crafted Mar amendments would cost the city $13.2 million annually. Since the point of “pension reform” is to save money — and not spend more — this is a somewhat incredible development.

Here’s why the Mar amendment would cost the city millions:

With the exception of a few minuscule unions, the SEIU is the only city union that doesn’t pay into its own pension plan; the city has in the past agreed to do it for them in lieu of raises. The SEIU — via Mar — is now offering to make a trade: The union members will pay the 7.5 percent pension costs in exchange for a 7 percent pay raise. This, Mar said earlier this month during a Rules Committee meeting, was a cost-neutral exchange.

Stevenson’s calculations, however, reveal it’s not nearly so simple. The dollars San Francisco pays into SEIU workers’ pensions are untaxed; 100 percent of those payments go just where they should. Yet money paid out in salary costs is different: The city would now be on the hook for drains such as Social Security, Unemployment, and Long-Term Disability.

When you do the math, Stevenson says, the city must spend $1.16 for every dollar it pays toward workers’ salaries. Ay, there’s the rub.

It also stands to reason that if you give city workers raises, they’ll eventually be eligible for higher pensions. Stevenson said she isn’t yet able to calculate those costs — but doesn’t think it’ll change her numbers “by any order of magnitude.”

The full Board of Supervisors debates both Elsbernd’s original plan and Mar’s “labor-friendly” amendments on the 23rd. It will be interesting to see how that discussion pans out — and if the concept of pension “reform” costing the city millions in even the short-term is as ludicrous to our elected officials as it is to the rest of the civilized world.

via Controller: Labor-Backed Pension ‘Reform’ Would Cost City $13.2M Per Year – San Francisco News – The Snitch.

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Uh Oh: SEIU Discovers Who The Rubes Are – Riehl World View

ust in case anyone out there is still wondering who the rubes are – the local chapter of the SEIU has been upset with Dartmouth over budget cuts. Does any of this sound familiar? h/t JC in email.

These layoffs are a rush to judgment and appear to be a decision thatwas preordained as a part of a hidden agenda to take advantage of the economic crisis. They have not considered other options and have not offered one substantive proposal at negotiations.

We contend that the college’s financial plight is the direct result of risky investment practices the college used when the economy was strong. We decry the administration’s decision to make middle managers and lower-wage workers pay the price for high-risk investment strategies on the part of a few college leaders – including trustees who specialize in investment strategies. They are not paying any price for their risky behavior.

via Riehl World View: Uh Oh: SEIU Discovers Who The Rubes Are.

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