Union with Close Presidential Ties Sued

Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 01:51 PM

By T.M. Golub

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A District Court judge has ruled the French-based food services and facility management corporation Sodexo may proceed with an extortion claim against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an organization with many ties to President Barack Obama, the conservative website Townhall.com reports.
SEIU has been accused of using its current ties to the administration in utilizing regulatory and governmental action to pressure and embarrass company officials.

According to the claim, SEIU tried to “extort [the company] by threatening financial damage unless [it] cave[d] into its demands. The SEIU’s campaign was designed to illegally threaten [the] company.” Sodexo is a contractor that services schools, government facilities, and military bases.
SEIU denies the allegations and claims they are baseless. “The ruling means that SEIU will have an opportunity to prove the facts about our organization, our members, and our work regarding Sodexo,” the union said.
Though, most telling is a SEIU monograph titled “Contract Campaign Manual” which serves as a cookbook of sorts for forcing “regulatory pressure” that would “threaten the employer with costly action by government agencies or the courts,” Townhall.com says.
The influence of the Obama administration and the use of regulatory pressure might not be so far-fetched considering the recent incident where the president flexed his allegorical muscle through the National Labor Relations Board in an effort to kill non-union jobs created by Boeing in South Carolina.

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