Labor Bosses Demand Their Dues; Preserving Rank-and-File Numbers Is Key to Wealth and Power

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Byline: Matt Patterson and Trey Kovacs, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude .. shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction

- United States Constitution, 13th Amendment

Labor bosses are fighting to keep peo- ple in unions against their will, forcibly collecting dues from unwilling members and using those dues to line their own pockets. In effect, labor leaders have imposed their own system of involuntary servitude on recalcitrant union members.

In California, for example, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) bosses in Fresno are engaged in a war to keep disgruntled members from defecting. Worker disenchantment with SEIU representation began in January, when Fresno County officials were forced to cut public workers' wages by 9 percent in light of the government's dire financial straits. Outraged SEIU bigwigs reacted in typical fashion by calling for a three-day strike.

But rank-and-file SEIU members were less than eager to blame county officials for trying to right the government's sinking fiscal ship. Union workers realized a return to financial stability required a shared sacrifice and took a dim view of their union bosses' petulant agitations. Before long, Fresno County workers began to seek decertification from SEIU.

For their part, Fresno correctional officers created another union and petitioned for a union election. Eulalio Gomez, president of the newly created Fresno Sheriff's Correctional Officers Association, commented on his group's decision to cut ties with SEIU: I have an issue with a union telling you to go on strike in today's double-digit unemployment. One out of five people are not working here. We have people in a lot of financial distress, and they're out here with their whistles and their picket signs, doing what?

Fresno Department of Social Services workers also have petitioned for a decertification vote from SEIU. …