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    SEIU may be linked to ultimatum on withholding stimulus funds

    SEIU may be linked to ultimatum on withholding stimulus funds - Los Angeles Times

    Reporting from Sacramento -- Officials in the governor's office say a politically powerful union may have had inappropriate influence over the Obama administration's decision to withhold billions of dollars in federal stimulus money from California if the state does not reverse a scheduled wage cut for the labor group's workers.

    The officials say they are particularly troubled that the Service Employees International Union, which lobbied the federal government to step in, was included in a conference call in which state and federal officials reviewed the wage cut and the terms of the stimulus package.
    "The involvement of a stakeholder in this kind of state-federal deliberative process is unusual at best," she said. "This was really atypical and outside any norm I am familiar with."

    In addition to several state and federal officials, participants in the April 15 conference call included an SEIU associate general counsel in Washington, a lobbyist for SEIU in California and a representative from SEIU's policy staff in California, according to a list provided by the Schwarzenegger administration.

    SEIU spokeswoman Michelle Ringuette called suggestions that the union's involvement was inappropriate "absurd."
    White House representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

    During the conference call, state officials say, they were asked to defend the $74-million cut scheduled to take effect July 1. The cut lowers the state's maximum contribution to home health workers' pay from $12.10 per hour to $10.10.

    The California officials on the call, who requested anonymity for fear of antagonizing the Obama administration, said they needed the savings to help balance the state budget.
    The Federal Government is blackmailing the state of California.

    The garbage never ends with this group (The Feds).
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    Re: SEIU may be linked to ultimatum on withholding stimulus funds

    ..and it will continue until someone can get the reigns on Obama. This is sickening.
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    Re: SEIU may be linked to ultimatum on withholding stimulus funds

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    ..and it will continue until someone can get the reigns on Obama. This is sickening.
    It is. The sad part is the SEIU has, by flexing its muscles, cost people jobs.

    Workers were looking at taking a $2/hour pay cut. Instead, a large (and getting larger) chunk of them will take a full pay cut and go to the unemployment line.

    Anyone who argues about unions protecting workers should read the news article in the OP and acknowledge the gross error of such a position. Unions are parasites that care more about keeping workers under their thumb and in tribute to them than about serving their legitimate employment needs and desires.

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