Saturday, February 12, 2011

SEIU's Bad Reputation

SEIU's multiple scandals and its thuggish efforts to quash internal dissent have caused a real plunge in its reputation. Check out this excerpt from a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about the reasons behind the declining power of the labor movement:

"A split between the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, the SEIU's local corruption scandals, along with its veritable War of the Roses against other L.A. unions — all have distracted the movement's focus and sapped its resources. This has made L.A.'s once-invincible public sector union movement look like a paper tiger, one that is powerful only during flush economic times."

Tasty figures it can't help too much that SEIU Local 721, the largest public-sector union in Los Angeles, is now in the grips of a palace coup waged by Raahi Reddy's faction against John Tanner. What next??