The Washington Free Beacon reports:
HealthBridge and CareOne, two nursing home companies, are suing the New England Health Care Employees Union (Service Employees International Union Chapter 1199 New England), accusing the labor leaders of using political threats and dangerous workplace sabotage to force several non-union shops into their ranks.
The explosive charges stem from a July labor walkout in which identification badges were removed from elderly patients’ doors, including from some who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s, and medical records were mixed up. The lawsuit alleges that such tactics constitute the same sort of intimidation that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) were designed to prevent.
Among the prestrike acts of sabotage alleged in the court filing: Workers removed patient ID wristbands, dietary stickers and name plates from doors; tampered with medication records; and hid or damaged blood pressure cuffs and stethoscopes — acts designed to leave “patients and replacement workers to fend for themselves.”
…The lawsuit alleges that the unions are resorting to desperate measures because their pensions are underfunded and the groups need the union dues to sustain their operations.The New England affiliate, which represents 29,000 workers, contributed $3.5 million in dues to SEIU in 2010. The New York affiliate represents 350,000 members and contributed $40 million in dues. SEIU comprises 2.1 million workers nationally.
On June 13, 2010, I reported (rightwinggranny.com):
The reference for this story is a May 25 article in the Washington Examiner. The article deals with the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC). Senator Bob Casey, (D-Pa.), introduced S. 3157 in late March. According to Thomas.gov, the bill is currently in committee. The bill is called “Create Jobs and Save Benefits Act of 2010.”
The bill would back union pension funds with federal tax dollars. The article in the Washington Examiner points out that in 2006, before the recession, only six percent of these union pension funds were doing well. In a column in the Washington Examiner in April, Mark Hemingway pointed out that the average union pension plan had only enough money to cover 62 percent of its financial obligations. Pension plans that are below 80 percent funding are considered “endangered” by the government; below 65 percent is considered “critical.” Union membership is declining, which means that less people are paying into these funds.
The union pensions are essentially a Ponzi scheme. The only way that union members will receive their pensions is if the membership of the unions increases to cover those expenses. Meanwhile, the unions are spending millions of dollars to support political candidates that will be sympathetic to their cause.